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Tom Brady's response to 'perfect season' talk would make Bill Belichick proud

Tom Brady's response to 'perfect season' talk would make Bill Belichick proud

When you play for the same head coach for 20 years, you tend to get on the same page.

So, when Tom Brady was asked Monday morning about the possibility of the New England Patriots pulling off the elusive "perfect season" after two blowout wins, it's no surprise he sounded exactly like Bill Belichick.

"To think about something that’s going to happen two weeks from now or three weeks from now or five weeks from now is irrelevant," Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" during his weekly interview. "You’ll have plenty of time to think about those when that’s a real reality.

"I mean, that’s so far from what our reality is. You’re not going to live your life going through hypothetical situations."

Brady shares that mantra with his head coach, whose sole focus is doing what's best for the football team (glaring distractions aside).

So, while "16-0" is on the table after routs of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, Brady and Belichick are putting up the blinders.

"I’m not thinking about anything more than 3-0 because that’s the only thing that matters," Brady added. "That’s what we've got this week. Today, wake up and I’m thinking about the Jets and how they’re going to attack us and how we need to attack them. It’s going to ebb and flow over the course of the whole season.

"Through two games we’re playing well. But that’s one-eighth of the season. So how are we going to do in the next eighth of the season? That’s where our head’s at."

Don't expect that mindset to change, even if this loaded Patriots team continues to roll next weekend against the hobbled New York Jets.

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Josh Gordon absent from Patriots practice, but Tom Brady could get familiar faces back

Josh Gordon absent from Patriots practice, but Tom Brady could get familiar faces back

FOXBORO — The Patriots could see some shuffling among their offensive weapons on Monday night down in Jersey.

Josh Gordon was not present at the start of Thursday's practice after suffering a knee injury against the Giants last week. Gordon didn't immediately leave for the locker room, instead taking a seat on the sideline stationary bike and pedaling for an extended period. But the fact that he wasn't around for the start of Thursday's workout could be an indication that he's facing an uphill climb to get on the field against the Jets.

The Patriots were without both Gordon and Phillip Dorsett for most of last week's game as Dorsett dealt with a hamstring injury. Dorsett was on the field Thursday and spoke to reporters Tuesday, showing some optimism that he wouldn't be unavailable for much longer.

Dorsett might only be one part of the reinforcements heading for Tom Brady's huddle Monday. Rex Burkhead — who missed the last two weeks and was limited in Week 4 with a foot injury — was also back on the practice fields Thursday. After rolling for 50 snaps with undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski last week, the Patriots could have more veteran experience on the field in prime time at MetLife Stadium.

The Patriots could also have a couple new roster additions in uniform a few days from now. They signed tight ends Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson this week, potentially adding enough depth to allow Josh McDaniels to roll with some of the two-tight end sets the Patriots have turned to in the past. Starter Matt LaCosse suffered a knee injury last week that kept him out of Thursday's practice and could keep him off the field on Monday, but Tomlinson and Watson could complement what Ryan Izzo gives the team as its top option at that position.

Tomlinson, in particular, is a fascinating addition in that he has the ability to play in the backfield as well as in traditional tight end roles. With both Patriots fullbacks — Jakob Johnson and James Develin — on injured reserve at the moment, perhaps Tomlinson sees fullback-style blocking assignments if he's in uniform against the Jets.

"He’s a bigger guy," Bill Belichick said Thursday. "Probably more of a . . . you know, bigger, has blocking ability. He has been in the backfield. He’s played on the line of scrimmage. So, I don’t know. We’ll see how that all plays out."

Watson, meanwhile, would likely serve in more of a "move" tight end role if LaCosse can't go.

If Brady looks around the huddle Monday night and sees Dorsett, Watson and Burkhead — to go along with old standbys Julian Edelman and James White — then that would probably qualify as a welcome sight for a quarterback who so values experience.

THURSDAY'S INJURY REPORT    
WR Josh Gordon Knee/Ankle DNP
TE Matt LaCosse Knee DNP
RB Rex Burkhead Foot Limited
S Patrick Chung Heel/Chest Limited
WR Phillip Dorsett Hamstring Limited
WR Julian Edelman Chest Limited

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Stephen A. Smith calls Demaryius Thomas 'delusional' for Patriots comments

Stephen A. Smith calls Demaryius Thomas 'delusional' for Patriots comments

Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back when describing the end to his tenure with the New England Patriots.

Thomas, who was traded from the Patriots to the New York Jets after Week 1, made his frustration known in recent comments made to the New York Daily News, calling the situation "insulting" and "a waste of time."

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith wasn't a huge fan of Thomas' remarks, and he even went so far as to describe the veteran wide receiver as "delusional" for his comments ripping the Patriots.

“I call him delusional because his complaints about the Patriots — you appear to be the only individual who didn’t know any better,” Smith said Thursday on "First Take".

“The fact of the matter is you’re not a star any longer, and when you’re not a star and you’re not a high-end producer or you’ve played in three games and you have nine receptions for 108 yards on the season and it’s been years since you’ve had a 1,000-yard season, what the hell do you expect?”

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In fairness to Thomas, his last 1,000-yard season was in 2016, just three years ago. He also tallied 949 receiving yards in 2019.

But Smith is correct in saying Thomas is no longer one of the league's star wideouts. A torn Achilles suffered last December was a setback for Thomas, and he's been unable to make an impact with the Jets. The 31-year-old veteran has just nine receptions for 105 yards and zero touchdowns in three games for New York.

The best way Thomas can get back at the Patriots is by giving a strong performance Monday night when the Jets host the defending Super Bowl champions at MetLife Stadium. 

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