WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–Tom Brady, 41, enters his 19th season and there are no other players in the league left from his draft class in 2000. Brady has played in eight Super Bowls (won five of them). The next closest quarterback is John Elway who played in five Super Bowls (won two of them).

–Of the 26 modern-era quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame, only Brett Favre, who played 20 seasons, has played in the NFL longer than Tom Brady.

–Rob Gronkowski, 29, enters his ninth season and already has 474 catches. Yet he still needs 851 catches to tie Tony Gonzalez who has the most catches of any tight end in NFL history.

–Proof that the NFL is a young man’s game: Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski, Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Brian Hoyer, Patrick Chung, Julian Edelman (suspended) and Matthew Slater are the only players over 30 on the roster as of opening day 2018.

–Proof that the NFL has a declining middle class. Only Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower and Stephon Gilmore are earning more than $5 million per season in 2018. Most of the players are earning at or near the NFL minimum for players at their experience level.

–The Patriots best defensive linemen, Trey Flowers, will be a free agent at the end of the year. If the Patriots want to keep Flowers they must make a serious offer or risk losing him.
TEAM MVP

–Tom Brady is poised for another fantastic year and should lead the Patriots back to the Super Bowl. Brady is poised to show Bill Belichick that he can still play at the highest level.
TEAM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

–LB Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bentley has had a strong training camp and his intelligence should allow him to have an impact in the middle of the Patriots defense making the defensive calls. Bentley should be effective against the run.