New England Patriots News, Rumors: Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis, Chandler Jones, Bill Belichick
After shellacking the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the New England Patriots will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Belichick attempts humor
Bill Belichick cracked what appeared to be an attempt at a joke when he was asked about the similarities between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
“Do you see any similarities between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and how they’ve elevated their games?” a reporter asked.
“They both wear No. 12,” he replied.
He elaborated on Rodgers in another instance.
“He’s a great player. He does a tremendous job, really at everything,” Belichick said, via CBS.
“He’s got no weak points; makes every throw. [He] handles the team very well at the line: checks and adjustments, he certainly sees the defense well. [He] uses all his weapons, makes great throws from the short ones [to] intermediate, down the field, sidelines, back shoulders, deep routes and then he has a great ability to extend plays, either sliding in the pocket or at times scrambling outside the pocket.”
How long can Brady go?
QB Doug Flutie said Tom Brady can play easily into his 40s if he wanted to.
“No doubt about it,” Flutie said, via Fox Sports. Flutie himself played well into his 40s before he retired.
“Ninety percent of playing quarterback is a mental game,” said Flutie.
“It’s decision-making, it’s knowing the defense, getting in the right play, getting in the right pass protection, getting rid of the ball on time, all that. The physical end of it — Tom can still throw the ball with the best of them. He’s very accurate with the ball still, his arm is great. He never made a living running with the football anyway, so age isn’t going to bother him.
Rodgers biggest test yet, Revis says
Darrelle Revis said that playing Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at home will be their biggest test of the season.
“They’re top in every category in the passing game,” Revis said, via NESN. “We believe that Aaron Rodgers is our biggest test yet, so, we respect those guys.”
It’s unclear who Revis will be covering. Jordy Nelson is the leading receiver for the Packers with 1,066 yards and 9 touchdowns.
“They always get open,” Revis said of the Packers’ receivers. “That shows you that they understand the game. They’re very experienced. You can tell they have a lot of chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.”
Chandler Jones present for walkthrough
Chandler Jones, the Patriots’ defensive end who has missed four games, was at the Patriots’ walkthrough and preparation for the Packers on Wednesday.
According to the Boston Herald, it doesn’t mean he’s ready to play Sunday. He has been out with a hip injury.
It’s unclear when he will return.