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Brady: Unrealistic to expect Pats to execute at highest level for four months

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Brady: Unrealistic to expect Pats to execute at highest level for four months

The Patriots know that their third win of the season didn't earn them much in the way of style points. They made it difficult on themselves with 12 penalties for over 100 yards, two turnovers, three sacks allowed and over 400 yards of offense allowed. 

But Tom Brady reiterated what several of his teammates said following the game: On the road, coming off a loss, they'll take a win however they can get it. 

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"The thing about the NFL is it's such a week-to-week league," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we won by 50 points the other night, what does that really matter against the Jets this week? We'd all love to do that, and we'd all love to play our very best and execute at the highest level every week for four months. It's just, that's relatively unrealistic, but you're trying to win any way you can and score more points than the other team whether that's playing really well offensively or playing really well defensively."

Of all the numbers listed above, the sacks may be the one that's most concerning for the Patriots. Brady is playing at an MVP level at 40 years old, though it's fair to wonder how his body will hold up if he continues to get hit at this rate. He's on pace to be sacked 51 times (most in his career) and hit 105 times (eight more than he took in 2015 behind a banged-up offensive line). 

Brady had no real explanation for the number of hit he's taken other than to say things are still a work in progress offensively.

"I think in general we're not a finished product right now," he said. "We're still trying to figure out what we're good at and what we need to do consistently to score more points. Any time you lose players, like [Rob Gronkowski] the other night, you have a plan and all of a sudden he's not available. Things shift. And then you're trying to still find ways to move the ball down the field and score points. 

"No matter who's out there, the goal is still the same. It may look a little bit different based on the skill set of the players who are out there. We're making adjustments with injuries based on a season-ending injury like Julian [Edelman] and then weekly injuries, whether it's the offensive line, running backs, tight ends, receivers. Those go into the course of a long football season. It's still relatively early . . . Hopefully our best football is ahead of us."

Up next for Brady and his teammates are the Jets, who are tied with the Patriots and Bills for first place in the AFC East at 3-2.

"They're doing a lot of things really well," Brady said. "They're a tough rival. We play on the road. We gotta win by one point or more. That would be fine for me."

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Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

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Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

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