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Tom Brady declares all is well, nothing to see here

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So the Patriots put running back Shane Vereen on short-term IR yesterday, while reports circulated that wide receiver Danny Amendola is “almost certain” to not play Thursday against the Jets, and no one’s really expecting tight end Rob Gronkowski quite yet.

You know who isn’t bothered by any of that? Tom Brady.

The Patriots quarterback is either using Jedi mind tricks, or he genuinely believes they’re going to be OK with their current scarcity of skill players.

We’ve got a lot of good players in the locker room,” Brady said, via Zuri Berry of the Boston Globe. “So when people are injured, that’s why you have a deep roster, guys that you’ve got confidence in, that you’ve gained trust in. I certainly have that at the skill position.

“So we’ve got a lot of good running backs and lot of good receivers. We’re trying to do the best we can this week to go out and win a very challenging game against a very good team.”

To recap, they now have a backfield of Stevan Ridley (who was benched for fumbling), LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and Leon Washington.

If Amendola doesn’t play, they’re down to Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater at wide receiver, along with rookies Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins.

And if Gronk doesn’t surprise us, and rookie Zach Sudfeld is still bothered by a hamstring issue, they’ll have Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end.

That group can be described a lot of ways, but “deep” and “good” might not be words anyone else would have chosen.

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35 Responses to “Tom Brady declares all is well, nothing to see here”
  1. whatnojets says: Sep 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    “We’re trying to do the best we can this week to go out and win a very challenging game against a very good team.”

    Sounds like a statement from a defeated adversary!

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 11, 2013 8:43 AM

    This is the coming out party for Blount. By the 4th the Jets are going to be gassed and gouged for big chunks of yards.

  3. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:46 AM

    I agree. There certainly isn’t much to see. Now, as a PFM fan I will say that if Brady still manages to pass for 35 TD’s and 4000+ yrds with a 12-4 record then I will be the first to say that America needs to have a national Tom Brady Day so he can be awarded some sort of medal

  4. corkspop says: Sep 11, 2013 8:47 AM

    They will still beat the Jets.

  5. sschmiggles says: Sep 11, 2013 8:48 AM

    Still better than the Jets’ receivers

  6. truthfactory says: Sep 11, 2013 8:49 AM

    He’s calm because he’s playing the Jets.

  7. bosoxfan15 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:49 AM

    Brady is going to steamroll the Jets. He will pass to himself if he has to.

  8. itsjustmyopinionbut says: Sep 11, 2013 8:56 AM

    Brady’s just hoping it’s good and deep.

  9. proflonghair says: Sep 11, 2013 9:12 AM

    Hoomanawanui needs to have a huge game just so the announcers are forced to say that all day long.

  10. hehateme2 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:13 AM

    One sign during last weeks game in Buffalo stated: Tom Brady sits down to pee.

    Priceless! Best. Sign. Ever.

  11. getyourownname says: Sep 11, 2013 9:15 AM

    You have to admit, he looks a lot like a younger Kevin Bacon.

  12. EJ says: Sep 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    The Patriots are getting slammed with the injury bug, just like the rest of the AFC East does every season. I don’t think Buffalo, Miami or the Jets have had a season in the past 5 years where they’ve had more than 75% of their starters on the field at once. Now Belichick gets to feel the pressure of playing with guys that are average at best. Welcome to our world Patriot fans.

  13. securb2013 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    What Brady was actually thinking – “We’ve got a lot of good players in the locker room,” …that are injured and one in jail.

  14. bullcharger says: Sep 11, 2013 9:30 AM

    whatnojets says:Sep 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    “We’re trying to do the best we can this week to go out and win a very challenging game against a very good team.”

    Sounds like a statement from a defeated adversary!

    ————-

    Sounds more like what Brady says every week.

  15. bullcharger says: Sep 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    The Patriots are getting slammed with the injury bug, just like the rest of the AFC East does every season. I don’t think Buffalo, Miami or the Jets have had a season in the past 5 years where they’ve had more than 75% of their starters on the field at once. Now Belichick gets to feel the pressure of playing with guys that are average at best. Welcome to our world Patriot fans.

    ——————–

    Give me a break. The Patriots won the superbowl in 2003 with the most injuries in the league. The Bills, Jets and Miami have just been bad for a very long time. There’s no excuse.

  16. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 11, 2013 9:34 AM

    even Hernandez will go for over 100yds against the Jets tomorrow

  17. bullcharger says: Sep 11, 2013 9:36 AM

    hehateme2 says:Sep 11, 2013 9:13 AM

    One sign during last weeks game in Buffalo stated: Tom Brady sits down to pee.

    Priceless! Best. Sign. Ever.

    ——————

    Brady is 21-2 against the Bills and counting… I don’t watch him pee like the Buffalo fans apparently do, but I certainly like the way he plays football.

  18. stoopidfool says: Sep 11, 2013 9:37 AM

    the Jets…..LOL

  19. jetsareajoke says: Sep 11, 2013 9:38 AM

    whatnojets says:Sep 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    “We’re trying to do the best we can this week to go out and win a very challenging game against a very good team.”

    Sounds like a statement from a defeated adversary!

    ————-
    Actually, sounds like a statement made by every team that doesn’t guarantee wins and superbowls. Only one team i know of that does that.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:41 AM

    whatnojets says:

    Sounds like a statement from a defeated adversary!
    _________________

    Lol yeah right. If I hadn’t seen you posting here I’d have to ask if you were new to the NFL.

    Brady and the Pats NEVER say anything negative about the other team before a game as you well know.

    I’ve seen the Pats playing 0-12 teams and yet Belichick and Brady talk them up like they’re 12-0.

    Unlike the Jets they’re smart enough not to add fuel to the fire with stupid comments.

  21. boxer2931boxer2931 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:53 AM

    there is NO way in hell the pats will lose to the jets. period. I don’t care if Tom Brady were throwing the ball to his grandmother.

    Bellicheck will FEAST on Geno Smith. making his second start.

    laughable. The jets and geno have NO chance. None. Geno smith will throw at least 3 interceptions and get hit and sacked all day long.

    pats 35-3

  22. homelanddefense says: Sep 11, 2013 10:00 AM

    Losing Vereen will hurt a bit, but your point about the RB’s is weak.

    So they still have their starter who rushed for about 1300 yards last year, and the backup rushed for 1000 just a few seasons ago. Oh, and if they need to they can use Leon Washington as a 3rd down back. OH, and if things get really bad they might have to fall back on Brandon Bolden….who as an undrafted rookie rushed for almost 5 years a carry.

    The horror!

  23. homelanddefense says: Sep 11, 2013 10:01 AM

    *Yards per carry

  24. steves11 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:02 AM

    Translation: Where’s Wes Welker when we need him?

  25. CKL says: Sep 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    proflonghair says:
    Sep 11, 2013 9:12 AM
    Hoomanawanui needs to have a huge game just so the announcers are forced to say that all day long.
    _________________________________
    It’s actually not that hard to say. Even when he was with the Rams I could say it. It’s just the first two syllables that can be a problem, the rest is completely phonetic. Just say UH OH…then “manawanui”. Easy.

    TB is a great leader who never complains about his teammates no matter what happens. If the 06 group of pass catchers and RBs didn’t turn him into a whiny jerk, this group won’t because there is a lot more talent in this group, even among just the guys who aren’t hurt right now.

  26. elyasm says: Sep 11, 2013 12:07 PM

    Props to CKL for pointing this out first, but Tom took the ’06 Pats to the AFC Championship Game with Reche Caldwell as his leading receiver.

    Reche.

    Caldwell.

    The Pats will do just fine tomorrow.

  27. iamapatsfan says: Sep 11, 2013 12:49 PM

    boxer2931boxer2931 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 9:53 AM
    there is NO way in hell the pats will lose to the jets. period. I don’t care if Tom Brady were throwing the ball to his grandmother.

    Bellicheck will FEAST on Geno Smith. making his second start.
    ———-

    That’s what they said about EJ Manuel too, and it took a FG with 9 seconds left to win the game. Don’t be too brash. With all the injuries and the obvious lack of clicking on the Offense, it’s not going to be easy. Rex’s Defenses are always good, and it’s a short week so injuries will be lingering. I’m thinking relatively low scoring, but if the Pats D can hold up, they should win by 7-10 points, I hope. Say somewhere around the score of 24-17 or so.

  28. dalcow4 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:49 PM

    All these receiver and injury problems?

    Nothing the refs can’t fix. Pats 31 Jets 7.

  29. roverboy1949 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:52 PM

    teams with big name rushers and receivers ( Vikings and Giants) lose every week. I’ll take my chances with TB and his no-name offense every time.

  30. craigkintexas says: Sep 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    LOL…….Rex Ryan is the head coach of the Jets. That alone gives the Pats a 14 – 0 head start.

  31. bigdaddy44 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:07 PM

    Tebow was supposed to come back sometime after the Jets game. The Pats have no third QB on their 53 man roster or practice squad. The handshake deal was done so the Pats could preserve an extra roster spot for a few weeks and to avoid the circus of Tebow against the Jets. Big deal, he would only be holding a clipboard. Seiing as he cleared waivers, I don’t think the league can get involved in an investigation, beacause he is a free agent. Unfortunalely for Timmy, because of all the injuries, the only way that he comes back is if Brady gets hurt and can’t play. He then becomes Mallett’s backup the next week. If Brady stays healthy poor Josh and Timmy will miss although those long nights trying to get Tebow to throw the ball through a Michelin. Too bad.

  32. watermelon1 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    I’d say the last names of those two tight ends sum everything up pretty nicely.

  33. chrismgillis says: Sep 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    Too funny, I’ve been referring to him as Jedi Master Brady for years now. That just cracks me up. The Patriots will beat the Jets.

  34. faulkana says: Sep 12, 2013 7:24 AM

    They can be described as, “Deep Enough” and “Good Enough” to beat the Jets.

  35. forsbergler says: Sep 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    This team sucks and has no players. I bet there are delussional Pats fans that think this offence will be ok because they have Tom Brady at the helm….lol…..this ain’t 02 anymore fellas. The whole league know how you cheat and your divisional opponents know you the best. Just because Brady has the D call before the snap wont help him this week. He has one reciever that can get open, Edleman. He’s going to be in alot of 3rd and Longs where he’s going to have to hold the ball. Everyone knows what brady looks like in the face of a pass rush. Happy Feet and scared. I look forward to watching jets start the season 2-0 and listening to all the pats fans cry about it.

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