Brady in the midst of another drive for five — PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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We'll see if the Patriots can overcome the loss of wide receiver Julian Edelman (suspended for the season's first four games) against a unsafe defense, and if their offensive line can hold off the pressure of J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

Brady refused comment on the airing of Colin Kaepernick's first Nike ad, saying, "I really want to focus on football. get ready for the Texans". The task is tall to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Opening Day, but the defense will be a critical unit if such an upset is to happen. An early victory against New England would show the league that this Texans team not only can compete for a playoff spot, but it can be among the best in the AFC.

Brady said his desire to play another five years is based, in large part, on his belief that he's gotten better with age.

Tom Brady turned 41 years old last month and has said he wants to play until he's 45.

Tom Brady has said repeatedly that he hopes to play into his mid-40s. It would be like getting close to the top of the mountain and going, 'Ah, it's good, I'm good.' No.

The highly anticipated return of Deshaun Watson is finally here, and after his electric 8 game stretch last season, expectations are sky high for the former Clemson Quarterback.

That game was Watson's second NFL start, and as O'Brien - and the rest of the league - learned last season, that big stage didn't bother the rookie quarterback. "To worry about a lot of (expletive) that people may say or think or feel, like, I really don't care anymore". I think a lot of keeping things in perspective, like nothing's that big a deal to me anymore and maybe just caring about things that really matter like my family, like people's health, like life and death. "I'm very excited. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are cautiously optimistic". Harmon was a captain for the first time last season.

Asked if he's satisfied with the current arrangement between Guerrero and the Pats, Brady said, "Yeah".




The four-time Pro Bowler was Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and never missed a game until 2016, when he started struggling with a back injury that ended his season.

"I've had a few experiences where I haven't been out there and I didn't like those very much".

"I'm going with the Packers to win rather handily against the Bears at Lambeau Field, 34-17".

Brady threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a last-minute 36-33 win over the Texans last season as the Patriots improved to 7-1 against Houston.

Injuries prevented the Texans from finding out exactly what their team could have been last season. The Texans begin the season with a healthy trio of Watt, Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

"Only time will tell how good they'll be", Crennel said. But, yeah, when I think of Tom, I think of situations like that.

Well, the man who probably knows Brady better than anyone else - New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick - has seen just how intense Brady can get.

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