Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to action against the Browns on Sunday by throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns in a performance he judged as rusty when speaking to the media after the game.
In general, though, Brady is feeling pretty good about his condition in his 17th NFL season. During a Monday morning appearance on “Kirk and Callahan” on WEEI, Brady said that he has avoided the toll that advancing age takes on most human beings and professional football players.
“I feel better at 39 than I did at 29,” Brady said.
Brady also detailed some of what he did to get ready for his return to the field. Brady said he felt he didn’t get enough work during the preseason and tried to simulate some of what he missed by running contact drills while he was barred from the Patriots facility.
“I was getting hit,” Brady said. “Trying to simulate the [things] that would happen [in games].”
Brady didn’t get hit too much against the Browns, but it seems clear that whatever work he did during his suspension kept him on track to jump right back into the mix without too many of those signs of rust that he mentioned after the game.