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Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers is 'one of my favorite guys to watch' in NFL

Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers is 'one of my favorite guys to watch' in NFL

Few quarterbacks in the NFL are more fun to watch than Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.

The 35-year-old veteran can make any type of throw, and his ability to escape the pocket and throw on the run or pick up huge chunks of yards with his legs makes for plenty of highlight-worthy plays.

One player who very much enjoys watching Rodgers work his magic is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"I love (Rodgers') style of play," Brady told Jim Gray of Westwood One Radio before the Packers hosted the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

"Obviously he's an incredible passer, but how he manipulates the pocket and how he buys time in order to get his receivers open, he just does a great job of that. He throws incredibly efficiently, and he's probably No. 1 or 2 all time in terms of QB rating and his efficiency as a quarterback. He throws for a high yards per attempt. He has an incredible touchdown-to-interception ratio. He makes great decisions with the football, and he always gives his team a chance to win. He's one of my favorite guys to watch, and I'll obviously be watching (Monday night)."

Rodgers has had kind words for Brady as well, and he also had a great response to critics of the Patriots quarterback during an appearance on ESPN Radio in September. Each quarterback clearly has a lot of respect for the other.

Brady and Rodgers met last season at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots earned a 31-17 victory in just the second head-to-head matchup between these legendary quarterbacks. The next time they meet could be in Super Bowl LIV. The Patriots are the class of the AFC with a 6-0 record, and the Packers are back among the NFC heavyweights with a 4-1 mark entering Week 6.

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Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Some of the criticism thrown at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is just silly.

The most famous hot take on Brady's alleged decline came in the summer of 2016 when Max Kellerman said on ESPN's "First Take" that Brady would soon "fall off a cliff." Well, in the three years since Kellerman's bold remark, Brady has won two more Super Bowl titles (in three appearances) and an MVP award. 

Sometimes, you just have to laugh at these critics.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to doing that during his appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." Here's the exchange:

Question: Do you look at Brady the way we all do? Like, what the hell? He's 42, what the hell, Aaron.

Rodgers: "I do. I think I laugh with him a little bit when they replay some of the remarks, especially after that Chiefs game I think a lot of us remember from (2014) when the Chiefs kind of blew them out on a Sunday or Monday night and everyone was (saying), 'This is it. Brady's done. The Pats are done.' You look at what they've done since then. That's the beauty at times in this sport and playing, for him, at obviously such a high level. Sometimes you're looking around and you're like, 'Man, maybe I need some inspiration this week,' and having something like that to go back to whenever you want. People are just waiting for him to like regress, and it's like, it's not happening. Not happening. But the first time he has a game he doesn't throw three (touchdowns), it's gonna be like, 'Here it is. Here's the beginning.' And sure enough, there's a little more ammo for him to be like, 'What you say? Oh yeah? OK, cool. I'm going back to the Super Bowl.'" 

Rodgers has faced his own share of criticism over the last few years as the Packers have struggled to find playoff success, so he has a bit of an understanding of what Brady has dealt with over the last decade or so.

Brady and Rodgers went head-to-head last season for just the second time, and the Patriots prevailed in a 31-17 win at Gillette Stadium. It's possible that meeting was the last one before Brady retires, unless of course they square off in the Super Bowl.

And, judging by the way the Patriots and Packers have played through two games this season, a Brady-Rodgers showdown in Super Bowl LIV certainly is a possibility.

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Are Patriots a suitor for Mike Daniels after reported trade attempt?

Are Patriots a suitor for Mike Daniels after reported trade attempt?

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Mike Daniels became a free agent Wednesday, but not before the Green Bay Packers tried to trade for him.

And apparently the New England Patriots were among the teams Green Bay called.

The Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns all attempted to trade for Daniels before the Packers released him Wednesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday.

Garafolo also reported that Daniels already has heard from at least seven teams in free agency, adding the 30-year-old wants to play for a contender. Garafolo didn't name specific clubs, but the Patriots certainly check off the "contender" box and likely would have interest in scooping Daniels up in free agency if they wanted to trade for him.

The 6-foot, 310-pound defensive tackle is coming off a foot injury that forced him out of the final six games of the 2018 season. He's proven to be an effective run-stuffer from the three-technique, though, and has a skill set New England could utilize after losing Malcom Brown, Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn this offseason.

Daniels was due $8.1 million in base salary and bonuses before Green Bay released him, so the Patriots must decide if he's worth the cost off adding to a retooled defensive line that includes defensive tackle Mike Pennel and defensive end Michael Bennett.

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