Brady talks nose, Welker & more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady held his weekly news conference in the visitors locker room at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, and unlike his post-game news conference following the season opener, there was no bandage on his nose.

On Wes Welker‘s reduced playing time and role in the offense. “Every week is a little bit different. There are different opportunities on different weeks for different players. I think the thing that’s important to remember is that it’s a 16-game season. You start getting up there, and play [600] or 700 plays every year, when you need it most, you have to be fresh. I think that goes for all of us. There is really a fine line because you’re not pacing yourself by any stretch, but at the same time, ‘Look, it’s Week 1.’ We have a lot of football to play. We’re going to need everybody. There are going to be games where Wes has not as many opportunities, and games where he has a ton of opportunities. It all depends on how the game may play out or the situation of the game. But he’s a huge part of this offense and what we do on a weekly basis. I’m sure there won’t be too many games where he doesn’t get a lot of opportunity.”

On the Cardinals. “Coach talked a lot over the last few days about getting to know them. It’s not really an opponent we play as often as some of these other teams. They are very dangerous. They have some really great players. They’re obviously on a hot streak, winning eight of their last 10. The last two days have been about trying to understand their strengths, what they do well, and really how we need to play the game.”

On the advantages of running 2-TE sets. “I think with our tight ends, who have really taken on an extensive role in our offense — and have done a great job of that — maybe you get some matchup issues. Coach Belichick always sees things as a defensive coach and ‘How are we going to defend these guys?'; that’s his background. Tight ends line up, really, on the inside part of the formation, so really, they can go anywhere on the field — across the field, to the sideline, short, medium, deep; they can do it all. When you have tight ends that can do those things, as well as run block, there is quite a bit of versatility within your offense. Last weekend, we tried to be very balanced in what we did between the run game and the pass game, [and] different areas of the field that we were trying to exploit. I think that’s what we’re trying to accomplish every week.”

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