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Tom Brady: Familiarity and experience sparks fast start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – What has contributed to the hot start for the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots offense through three games?

To Brady, experience and familiarity are near the top of the list.

“The level of comfort, when you play with guys for a long time, I don’t think that can be [over]stated,” he said Wednesday.

Brady then rattled off how the top three receivers at this point – Julian Edelman (since 2009), Danny Amendola (2013) and Aaron Dobson (2013) – have been with the team for multiple years. Then he detailed the same dynamic on the tight end depth chart with Rob Gronkowski (2010) and Michael Hoomanawanui (2012).

“That continuity certainly helps and hopefully you can get off to a really good start and you can build on things over the course of a lot of practices, a lot of throws, a lot of conversations,” he said. “When you start fresh all the time, I think that can get challenging.

“I think passing offense is all about anticipation. It’s all about trust and being on the same page. The only way to do that is to have experience, and it doesn’t always necessarily have to be together.”

Along those lines, Brady pointed out that receiver Keshawn Martin, acquired in a trade from Houston, is in his fourth NFL season and that experience also counts. Tight end Scott Chandler, now in his eighth NFL season, falls into a similar category from an experience standpoint.

“If someone has a lot of years of experience in the league, you have a lot of belief that person knows how to get open in a pro-style offense against a pro-caliber corner or safety,” said Brady, who is 96 of 133 for 1,112 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions this season.

Brady, who said he's also excited to get receiver Brandon LaFell back in the mix when he comes off the physically unable to perform list later this season, often talks about how each offseason he picks one aspect of his game on which to focus.

He didn’t reveal what that was for 2015.

“I watch players around the league at my position and see the things they do really well, and I’m always trying to become a better player for our team,” he said. “A lot of those things are personal, but I constantly work on my mechanics and try to keep my foot speed, not that it’s ever been exceptional. I try to get out of the way of at least one defensive lineman per Sunday. Just trying to make a few plays outside of the pocket, which we’ve done a decent job of, and ultimately it comes down to throwing the football and I’m a big believer in mechanics. If you have poor mechanics, I don’t think they’ll hold up under pressure.”