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Tom Brady randomly references wife Gisele's famous dig at Wes Welker

Tom Brady randomly references wife Gisele's famous dig at Wes Welker

Wes Welker was busy coaching the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers Monday night.

But if he had been listening to Westwood One's radio broadcast, he would have been in for a little surprise.

During his weekly interview with Jim Gray on Monday night before Niners-Cleveland Browns, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady randomly re-opened an old wound from Super Bowl XLVI, referencing the time his wife, Gisele Bundchen, took an indirect shot at Welker after his crucial drop late in New England's eventual 21-17 loss to the New York Giants.

Here's the context: Gray asked Brady, who passed Brett Favre into third place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list Sunday, what it means for him to reach so many individual milestones.

Unsurprisingly, Brady stressed those milestones wouldn't be possible without his teammates.

"Because I've been fortunate to play in the same place for 20 years with great teammates, I've been able to pile up a lot of individual statistics," Brady told Gray, "But the reality for me is, all those I share with all the guys I played with."

He then added this:

"You know, my wife said, 'He cannot throw the ball and catch it'? That's the truth. There's a lot of guys who have been on the other end of catching all those passes."

That's an interesting spot for Brady to bring up Gisele's comments, which suggested the opposite: that her husband's teammates were holding him back.

"My husband cannot f------ throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times," Gisele said after Super Bowl XLVI in response to some heckling Giants fans.

Brady's remark wasn't lost on Gray, who asked the QB how Welker would feel about Brady re-hashing his wife's jab.

"Wes is one of my best friends. He always will be," Brady replied. "Wes knows how I feel about him. What an amazing player he was."

It's been over seven years since Welker's drop, so Brady clearly feels enough time has passed to make light of his wife's stinging comments.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Between the Patriots' Week 7 drubbing of the Jets and the team's trade for WR Mohamed Sanu, there's plenty of ground to cover in the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:48 — Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins Tom Curran to talk about what exactly went wrong for Sam Darnold in the Jets' 33-0 loss to the Patriots. Is he to blame? Is he broken? Does he still have a chance to be an above-average signal-caller in the league?

11:03 — Tom goes deep into the analytics behind Mohamed Sanu's success as a receiver, quantifying his production out of the slot, his ability to separate from his defender and his sure-handedness.

16:42 — D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins Tom to discuss what exactly the Patriots will be getting in Sanu and what makes him so dependable on the field.

23:07 — Phil Perry gives his take on the addition of Sanu: "The Patriots were perilously thin at receiver." How does the increased depth at the position affect guys like Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett or Jakobi Meyers? Would he have preferred Emmanuel Sanders?

34:25 — The only negative takeaway from the Patriots' win over the Jets was the continued lack of production from Sony Michel and the running back position. Should Belichick make a change or ride it out?

38:34 — Who popped and who dropped from the victory over the Jets?

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NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

Jordan Richards' second stint with the New England Patriots lasted three weeks.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday the Patriots are releasing the 26-year-old defensive back

Richards was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and didn't earn a second contract with New England after the 2017 season. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before being signed by the Patriots earlier this month. He primarily served in a special teams role for New England over the last three weeks.

The Patriots reportedly are signing special teams ace Justin Bethel, who visited the team Tuesday. He has earned two All-Pro first team selections and three Pro Bowl nods as a special teams star. Bethel is an upgrade over Richards in that phase of the game. 

New England also traded for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a 2020 draft pick Tuesday. The additions of Sanu and Bethel, combined with Richards' release still leaves one more roster spot that must be opened by the Pats. Stay tuned.

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