Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Is there a second-round problem when it comes to Bill Belichick's picks? Plus, more on the roster as the cuts come down and a look ahead to the opener vs. the Steelers.

3:42 - FIRST QUARTER - With roster cuts coming on Saturday, Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss the moves made so far by the Patriots, including the trade of Duke Dawson to the Broncos. Do the Pats have an issue evaluating talent in the second round?

17:35 - SECOND QUARTER - Phil and Tom review who popped and who dropped in the Patriots' preseason finale vs. the Giants. With Demaryius Thomas having a huge night, what can we expect out of the receiving corps in New England?

26:07 - THIRD QUARTER - It appears that the backup quarterback job is safely in the hands of Jarrett Stidham. What does this mean for Tom Brady's future with the team?

30:24 - FOURTH QUARTER - Week 1 is quickly approaching and the Steelers will be visiting Foxboro on banner night at Gillette Stadium. Tom and Phil take a very brief look at what to expect from Ben Roethlisberger and the depleted Pittsburgh offense.

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Tom Brady reveals piece of equipment he's most superstitious about

Tom Brady reveals piece of equipment he's most superstitious about

The Antonio Brown helmet saga has been a prominent NFL storyline over the last month, but the Oakland Raiders wide receiver is far from the only player attached to a certain piece of equipment.

In fact, even Tom Brady himself is superstitious when it comes to the equipment he takes with him on the field every Sunday. Like Brown, Brady isn't a fan of the league's new helmet rule, but there's another piece of equipment the Patriots quarterback couldn't imagine playing without.

In an exclusive interview on Quick Slants the Podcast with NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran, Brady explained why he's so attached to his shoulder pads.

"I've worn them for 25 years," Brady said. "They've gotten reconditioned a little bit, but I think once you find something you like, you kind of stick with it. I've always kind of liked the way they felt, the shape of them. People have tried to put me in a lot of other ones."

For those keeping track, 25 years means Brady has worn the same shoulder pads since his first year at Michigan in 1995.

One would think after taking so many hits over such a long period of time, the pads may not provide the same kind of protection they once offered the 42-year-old QB. Brady didn't seem all that concerned.

"They reconditioned [the shoulder pads] a little bit, but that's the same plastic," he said. "Same size. And sometimes the models change, and they don't make the same ones as they used to."

Fortunately, the NFL hasn't forced Brady to change his pads like it made him change his helmet. Brady opened up about why that was such a difficult transition to make.

"I've been wearing the same thing for, you know, forever," he said. "You get used to one thing, one feel ... this [helmet] is a pound heavier, so it's 25 percent heavier on your head. That takes a lot of getting used to. I wish it was lighter. I tried to make it lighter and they couldn't make it lighter.

"I mean, add 25 percent to everything. Add 25 percent to your pen, or 25 percent smaller keys on your keyboard, and tell me how that feels. It's a little different."

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Quick Slants the Podcast: If you weren't convinced before, you should be now: Gronk's not coming back

Quick Slants the Podcast: If you weren't convinced before, you should be now: Gronk's not coming back

Retirement talk - Luck and Gronk; Curran catches up with Brady; Getting down to 53; Carli Lloyd a kicker? That and more. Listen...

1:33 - FIRST QUARTER - Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss Rob Gronkowski announcing that he'll be partnering with CBDMedic and what it means for his future, on or off the football field.

10:55 - SECOND QUARTER - With Andrew Luck retiring much earlier than anyone anticipated, Tom and Phil react to Josh McDaniels' comments on the QB's decision and what could have been in Indianapolis. Tom goes on a rant on people complaining about the 'boos' Luck received.

22:58 - HALFTIME - Tom catches up with Tom Brady to ask the QB what piece of equipment he's superstitious about and why and hits us with a trivia question on 33-year-old receivers.

27:14 - THIRD QUARTER - Phil breaks down some of his roster cuts, including what to do with some receivers, defensive linemen, linebackers and cornerbacks.

34:42 - FOURTH QUARTER - With Carli Lloyd from the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team kicking a 55-yard field goal over the weekend, there are some who think she should try out for an NFL team. Tom disagrees, but not for why you might think. And we get the answer to our trivia question.

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