Last week, Tom Brady seemed to be calling out some players on offense to step up and do more, while also indicating how tough it is to work with young players and get them up to speed.
"I think one thing we talk about here is just doing our jobs," he said Friday. "I mean, I can do what I can do. Every player can do what they can do. I can’t do anything for anyone else; they can’t do anything for me. So, a lot of it’s just trust and trying to communicate trust and communication. So, I’ve always said the best teammates are the ones that I have to think about the least because I don’t want to spend my mental energy on things that aren’t really my job."
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday, CBS Sports' and WFAN's Boomer Esiason believes the Patriots will try and add a wide receiver before the trade deadline and explained what he thinks Brady meant by his comments.
(This comes following a CBS report Sunday indicating the Patriots are ‘expected to push for’ A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert.)
“I think they will," he said. "I think maybe they will try and pry A.J. Green from Cincinnati, although I don’t think Cincinnati will trade him.
"But, I think what Tom is talking about is this is the season. The season has started. We’ve put all the work in. We’re trying to make this thing go, we don’t have a lot of time. Guys have to get there early. Guys have to look at tape. He’s probably trying to verbally put a little pressure on some of the younger players to make sure they realize how important it is.”
The Patriots have Julian Edelman (dealing with chest injury), Josh Gordon (was on injury report during week with knee injury), Phillip Dorsett (dealing with hamstring injury), Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski on the wide receivers depth chart.
Edelman paced the offense Sunday, finishing with eight catches on nine targets for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Even though the Chiefs lost to the Colts Sunday night, it still appears Kansas City and the Patriots are the two best teams in the AFC and seem primed to meet in the AFC title game for a second straight year.
“When healthy, this Patriots defense is built to stop that offense," he said. "Remember, they didn’t have Tyreek Hill last night. When he comes back, it will be a track meet once again and those two teams will be on a collision course for the AFC championship game. That comes post the next time those two teams meet, which is in a few weeks here."