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His suspension over, Brady now working to shake off rust


Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler on the Browns, Patriots

You’d be fair to ask those questions.

The timing of the 39-year-old Brady’s return therefore could not have been better as the Patriots travel to Cleveland (0-4), the only team in the league yet to win a game. They should be fine, for the most part.

Afterwards in the locker room, coach Bill Belichick will give Brady the game ball, and Tom and all the players should sign it and send it to Roger Goodell.

“In my book, he is the greatest ever”. Thomas said. “He might come out and be an option quarterback”.

“Hopefully this week, now”, Gronkowski said, “it’s go time”. That is how good I think he is.

Here’s why: Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension is over.

Cleveland’s first offensive drive of the second quarter was particularly impressive. And do those extra reps, if there are extra reps, come at the expense of other players? It wasn’t close. The Browns led 17-7 at the half. He just didn’t show much ability to throw downfield.

The one saving grace for NY might be its second-half schedule: If Fitzpatrick can stop throwing picks (he has a whopping 10 interceptions, including nine in the last two games), the Jets have a chance to make up some ground in the second half against an easier slate of opponents. And whether you’re a Patriots fan or not, you’ll probably get inspired by this hype video.

“I know all athletes at this point in their careers, nothing has been handed to them or given to them”. Or as Amendola describes it, a very “juiced up” quarterback. The Browns have lost 11 games or more in seven of the past eight.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski agreed with his coach’s assessment, with one caveat. The Browns have allowed at least 25 points in each game, and they haven’t faced an offense as good as New England’s this season. I don’t think we can worry about what everybody else is or isn’t doing. He did not hold a press conference Wednesday, as he typically does during the week leading up to a game.

Kessler remained pretty poised throughout, even though he was unspectacular for the second half.

Am I insane to think the Patriots are not going to cover against the Browns with Brady in the lineup?

What does this mean moving forward? So they can run the football, they’re running game is really good. But it probably sucks the most for me, because, now that I’ve written this, the Browns will nearly certainly win by 10. On the ground, Isaiah Crowell rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in 15 attempts while Duke Johnson added 53 yards in nine carries.

Gronk and Bennett can surely be productive without the ball, but the Patriots could again be among the highest-scoring teams in the league if both can flood the stat sheet. If he knocks open enough holes for Crowell, New England’s 15th-ranked rush defense will struggle to keep pace. He was out for four games, like Brady, following a positive test for a banned substance he claims not to have known he took.

During Sunday’s game, starting center Austin Reiter suffered a torn ACL.

“In all honesty, my experience with all of those players has been as time goes on, they play better”, the coach said.