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Patriots QB Tom Brady: Feel more mobile than past years

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he feels more mobile than he was four to six years ago, pointing out during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI a fourth-quarter play against the Jets as an example.

On the second-and-8 play with 7:48 remaining from the Jets' 10-yard line, Brady was in the shotgun and the pocket quickly closed on him from the right edge as the Jets blitzed with five defenders. That led Brady to tuck the football, step his way through traffic at the line, and fall forward for a two-yard gain.

"I think before it may have been a three-yard loss," Brady said on the program. "So in the end, it's a [five]-yard difference. So just those little things and I've said, if I can make one or two of those a game, it's really going to help our team."

The next play, on third-and-6, Brady fired to receiver Danny Amendola for the go-ahead touchdown.

A few other top takeaways from Brady's interview on WEEI:

  • Brady said once the Patriots realized running back Dion Lewis wouldn't be active, the team made some late additions to its game plan, specifically with a four-receiver, one-tight end package. The Patriots ran that package 16 times in the game, with 11 of those snaps in the decisive fourth quarter.

  • On the quick turnaround of playing Thursday night against Miami, Brady pointed out how the team's normal routine is to not practice Monday and Tuesday, before working in full pads "pretty hard" on Wednesday. "I think your body is conditioned to do it," he said. "I don't think it's as tough as some people make it out to be, personally. Maybe I'm a quarterback, I'm different; I think if you're an interior offensive lineman you may feel differently about that. But it's also nice knowing if you win the game, on the back end of it you have a lot of extra days to prepare for the next opponent."

  • Brady said he returned home from Sunday's win over the Jets, helped put his children to bed, and then began watching film of the Dolphins. "I feel really good this morning, like I'm on top of them," he said.

  • On Brandon LaFell's tough day with multiple drops, Brady said the team has a lot of confidence in him. "He's that physical presence that honestly we don't have a lot of other guys can provide," Brady said. "The way he can take hits, give them out, run through the defense, break tackles; he's a very unique player to our team."