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Tom Brady Spent the Offseason Looking to Put on Some Pounds

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady bulked up entering training camp, adding strength with a specific goal in mind, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“I wanted to get a little bigger this year and put on a few more pounds and try to absorb the hits a little bit more,” he said Wednesday, addressing local reporters for the first time. “I worked pretty hard at that.”

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Brady, who often stresses the importance of pliability, said the results have shown up on the practice field early in training camp. He also has worked to maintain his fluidity.

Brady, who turns 42 on Saturday, is looking to become the first quarterback to ever start all 16 games of a regular season at that age.

“Football, I love the sport. I’ve loved playing it since I was a kid. It’s hard for me to imagine doing anything else in life,” he said. “I love playing ball, so to still be out here at 41 — soon to be 42 — it’s a pretty great thing for me.”

Brady has not attended voluntary workouts each of the past two years, focusing on time with his family, which he said has him in a good place early in training camp.

“It’s been great for me to spend the offseasons with them and really fill up that bucket and give them the time, support and love that they need,” he said.

“When I’m here doing my thing, my wife’s got to hold down the fort, and she has put a lot on hold over the years to support my dreams. I feel like it’s my responsibility as a husband to do the same for her. She’s happy when I get back to football because she knows how happy I am. It was a great offseason, but now it’s time for football, and I think everyone in our family is prepared for that.”

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Michael Bennett Finally Shows Up to Patriots Camp

It took awhile, but defensive end Michael Bennett finally made his way to Pats camp, stating that it was a ‘family issue’ as to why he wasn’t there when things kicked off.

As the defensive end was excused from the first three practices by coach Bill Belichick for personal reasons, rumors swirled as to why Bennett was missing.

“I didn’t retire,” Bennett said via the Associated Press. “I heard everybody said I was retiring, and I was laughing at home. I just had a family issue that I had to take care of.”

Bennett did not go into further detail regarding his absence, instead emphasizing his presence and why he reportedly took a red-eye flight from Hawaii to arrive in Boston on Sunday morning.

“You want to prove to your teammates that you love the game,” said the 33-year old who’s entering his 10th season with his fourth team and third in three seasons. “I grew up in the game. This game’s been part of my life for more than 20 years, so every time I step on the field and I’ve got teammates that believe in me, I just want to go out and show them that in every single moment, I’m going to go as hard as I can.”

Sony Michel on the Field for the Patriots for First Day in Pads

The Patriots got some good news as camp gets going about one of their running backs.

Second-year running back Sony Michel, who has been on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp, was on the field for the first day in full pads.

Michel didn’t do much this offseason, and did not take part in a lot of the team’s offseason program.

The running back scored an NFL rookie postseason record six touchdowns, matching his regular season total, and gained 336 rushing yards over three games.

Patriots Bringing in Former Packers TE Lance Kendricks

There’s no question that tight end is a huge question mark for the Pats with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski as well as the suspension of Ben Watson.

With not much of a resume for the position, the team is bringing in former Packers tight end Lance Kendricks.

The 31-year-old started three games last season, playing in all 16, and caught 19 passes for 170 yards and one score.

In eight seasons with the Rams and Packers, Kendricks has a career 241 catches for 2505 yards with 19 touchdowns.

Three Questions About the Patriots as Training Camp Gets Started

The Patriots enter 2019 with not much to prove after winning yet another Super Bowl with the combo last season of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

The two have now won six titles, and will go down as the most dominant QB-Coach combo in the history of the league.

But there’s work to do in 2019, as the team will never sit still, and they are looking to earn their first back-to-back titles for the first time since the Pats won back-to-back in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in.

1. Get to the Quarterback More

This team simply didn’t do much when it came to getting opposing quarterbacks down in 2018, and if they are going to take the defense to another level, they have to do a better job of it.

Overall the team ranked second-to-last in the NFL in sacks in 2018, and then they lost their best rusher – defensive end Trey Flowers, to the Detroit Lions in free agency.

This camp the team needs to light a fire from young players that are going to need to step in and make plays, and they’ve got to find 3-4 players to fill the void.

2. Protect Brady

The offensive line in 2018 allowed Tom Brady to get hit too much, and while this is a league where one hit can change the career of a player, if Brady goes down you can write off any chances of the team going back-to-back.

Brady is in amazing shape for a player over 40, and it wasn’t his fault that the line couldn’t block, but it’s up to the front office to get players that can block better and keep Brady upright.

Watching Brady take hit after hit in that late season loss to the Steelers was tough to see, and it should be a wake up call for this team to get blockers for the passing game.

3. Who Steps in for Gronk?

It did come as a shock when Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason, but the Pats don’t have time to be nostalgic about him not being around, they just need to regroup and get players that can play the game.

They got Ben Watson out of retirement, but he finds himself suspended for the first few games.

They inked Austin Seferian-Jenkins, whom the team signed and then released after he chose to take a step away from football for “personal reasons.”

So who will be the starting tight end? The competition will be beteween Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck and Ryan Izzo.

The four have just 63 career receptions between them. It will be a battle very much worth watching.

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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Patriots Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Patriots player on the list is QB Tom Brady, who has a number of 96.

Second on the list for the Pats is corner Stephon Gilmore who has a ranking of 94.

Check out all the Patriots Rankings by clicking HERE.