This was sent my way from the gang over at BleacherReport.com and I thought I’d pass it along to all of you. It’s all about quarterback Tom Brady’s arsenal of weapons he’ll have at his disposal going into the 2009 NFL season. With Brady under center once again for the New England Patriots this season, the NFL and the rest of the 31 teams had better watch out! He’s back, refreshed, relaxed and ready to propel the Patriots back to the top this season.
Tom Brady looked a little bit like a fat kid in a candy store as he took the field for the first time since tearing his ACL last October.
No, Brady hasn’t put on weight during his recovery. He just truly looked wide-eyed and on a bit of a sugar high after participating in OTA drills at the Patriots’ training camp this week.
In an upcoming story by Sports Illustrated Peter King, Brady described himself “as confident as anyone could be that I’ll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the season starts.”
“I’ve done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I’m doing everything. Literally everything. There’s nothing I can’t do.”
That confidence, along with Brady’s showing at this week’s first full team practice, has his teammates equally “buzzing.”
ESPN reporter Wendi Nix reported that Brady’s teammates were “re-energized” after watching Brady throw and that Brady himself was “upbeat and confident.”
And confident he should be. Brady finds himself with some sweet offensive options as he enters the 2009 campaign.
Brady should feel like Charlie Bucket finding the Golden Ticket after the team added running back Fred Taylor, wide receivers Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis, and tight ends Chris Baker and Alex Smith to an offense that scored 410 points (25.6 p/g) last season.
In Taylor, who was signed as a free agent after 11 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Patriots are getting a power runner with breakaway speed to complement their existing stable of rushers.
Coupled with running backs Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk, the Patriots should add to a running attack that compiled nearly 2300 rushing yards a year ago.
Though he won’t be expected to shoulder the entire load as he did in his years with the Jaguars, Taylor claims there is still a lot left in his tank.
“I’ve always said I’ll run until the wheels fall off. Drive this car, get rotations, you’re going to keep pushing, because if those tires come off you’re in trouble. I’m going to keep going forward.”
“I want to learn the playbook so I don’t have to hesitate,” explained Taylor.
“I don’t want to feel like a rookie out there. So I listen, I’ve always been coachable. Whatever I gotta do, I gotta do it. But it starts with learning the playbook.”
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