When Tom Brady played the entire first half and threw two touchdowns in the Patriots 37-20 preseason win over the Eagles, many thought it was Brady sending a message in response to New England’s Super Bowl loss to Philly, and the seemingly endless Patriot bashing by Eagles players, led by tackle Lane Johnson.
Colin disagrees, and thinks there were several key factors that played into Brady playing the first half, none of them being revenge. He thinks Brady’s abnormally long playing time were the product of him missing OTA’s, his receiving corp being almost entirely turned over, and that his #1 wideout Julian Edelman will be missing the first month of the season due to a PED suspension.
Ultimately, Brady needed the work, and it just so happened that he got it by working Philly.
Tom Brady throwing 26 passes against the Eagles was not a “statement.”
A) He wasn’t at OTAs
B) Patriots WR core is changing by the week
C) His best receiver is out for a month
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 20, 2018