Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What do Pats need and what can they offer as trade deadline approaches?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What do Pats need and what can they offer as trade deadline approaches?

The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29 and the Patriots, despite their 6-0 start, appear to have plenty of needs on offense  - wide receiver? tight end? Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry have their assessment.

2:35 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry rank the Patriots offensive concerns after another unimpressive performance from that side of the ball against the Giants. They begin with tight end. Next up is the running game (6:25). And finally, the wide receiver corps (12:24).

22:11 - With the trade deadline on Oct. 29, the Patriots need to determine what they need and what they have to offer. Phil and Tom discuss the picks Bill Belichick could trade away and the players at tight end and wide receiver he could target.

26:52 - Tom wonders if Michael Bennett will be traded or if he'll end up as a key member of the defense. He continues by explaining how the historic tear the Patriots defense is on is actually sustainable.

32:26 - Rob Gronkowski or Tyler Eifert: Which player will be on the Patriots roster by Thanksgiving?

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Matt Cassel recalls Tom Brady's NSFW response to thought of coming out of Patriots-Giants '07 season finale

Matt Cassel recalls Tom Brady's NSFW response to thought of coming out of Patriots-Giants '07 season finale

As the New England Patriots prepare to take on the New York Giants Thursday night, it brought back vivid memories of the intense regular-season matchup between the rivals 12 years ago for Tom Brady's former backup quarterback. 

New England was prepared to rest a majority of its starters ahead of the postseason. But Brady had a different idea and he wasn't about to come out of a back-and-forth game, jeopardizing a perfect season.

Cassel, Brady's backup for four seasons, including '07, joined Tom Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to discuss that season finale at old Giants Stadium.

"We get into the game and it starts going back-and-forth early and all of a sudden Brady comes over to the sideline, I think at one point in the first quarter, and is like 'I'm not coming out of this [expletive] game,'" Cassel told Curran. 

With a perfect season on the line, it's understandable why Brady didn't want to come out. He also threw his 50th touchdown pass of the season - at the time an NFL record - to Randy Moss in the fourth quarter. That TD catch was Moss' 23rd, still an NFL record. The Patriots ended up eking out a 38-35 win, securing a perfect season -- that is until they reached the Super Bowl about a month later, only to lose to the Giants, 17-14. 

Click here for the full podcast, the '07 season finale discussion comes at the 32:45 mark. 

We know Thursday's game won't have as much on the line as that meeting or their Super Bowl matchups. The Giants (2-3) are struggling, but they'll at least have a shot a ruining what - so far - is another perfect Pats season at 5-0. 

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