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Tom Brady calling audible to James White mid-play is incredible stuff

Tom Brady calling audible to James White mid-play is incredible stuff

We can give you all sorts of big-picture stats to illustrate Tom Brady's brilliance.

But sometimes it's the little things.

Case in point: A third-quarter play in the New England Patriots' 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

It's a play-action pass, and as Brady fakes the hand-off to running back James White, he literally tells White, "Checkdown."

That's right: Brady called an audible to White in the middle of a play. He then executed the audible to perfection, hitting White on said checkdown pass for an 8-yard gain.

(The play happens at the 1:18 mark of the video below.)

 

What's most impressive about this sequence is how calmly Brady gives his message to White. In the high-speed car crash that is an NFL play, the 41-year-old quarterback sees everything in slow motion.

Credit also goes to White, who seamlessly executed Brady's last-second, mid-play play change. This catch was one of the shifty running back's seven receptions on nine targets for 92 yards, all of which were team highs.

The Patriots face a tough test this Sunday in Miami, but it's always an advantage when your QB is playing in the Matrix.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty crack NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2019 list

Patriots' Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty crack NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2019 list

Julian Edelman and Devin McCourty both have been recognized by their fellow players for their outstanding seasons.

The two Patriots veterans made it onto NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2019 list, which is voted on by the players themselves. Edelman ranked No. 90 overall, and his teammate McCourty placed right in front of him at No. 89. Neither player was on the 2018 list.

Edelman missed the first four games of last season due to his PED suspension, but didn't miss a beat in his return. The 33-year-old wide receiver caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. Of course, there's also that whole Super Bowl MVP thing.

As for McCourty, the 31-year-old defensive back led a Patriots secondary that was among the league's best a season ago. In his eighth straight year as a team captain, McCourty had one interception (an 85-yard pick-six) and two forced fumbles.

NFL Network will continue to reveal 10 players on its Top 100 list each night at 9:00 p.m ET.

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Quick Slants Podcast: What's the holdup with Tom Brady's contract?

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Quick Slants Podcast: What's the holdup with Tom Brady's contract?

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With training camp right around the corner, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry tell us what we can expect from the Patriots these next few weeks. They also break down the latest information surrounding the Tom Brady contract extension.

(1:42) Tom Brady is heading into his walk year and he has yet to sign an extension, Tom and Phil discuss what this means for the Patriots and what this says about the dynamic between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft.

(12:06) What would it look like next year for the Patriots if they decided to franchise Tom Brady?

(17:01) What would it take from Tom Brady's end to get the extension done?

(20:47) Phil and Tom pick discuss hot and cold spots on this Patriots team as they head into training camp.

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