- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The best player in the division and one of the top quarterbacks of all-time told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he is more confident than ever about his play, which isn't what the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets want to hear. Brady is the one player who has kept New England on top of the AFC East for the past dozen years.
"Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football," Brady said. "I've never felt better throwing the football."
Those are bold words for a 35-year-old quarterback. But Brady rarely is one to boast about his skills. So you have to take Brady at his word when he says something of this nature.
Fittingly, the Patriots certainly need Brady at the top of his game this year. New England lost a lot of production on offense by letting go of starting receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, who combined for an astounding 192 receptions, 2,265 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The Patriots also have major injury concerns with tight ends Rob Gronkowski (arm, back) and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder), who both had major surgeries and will miss a majority of the offseason.
Brady will be working with an entirely new cast of wide receivers. Free-agent pickup Danny Amendola will be one starter, while veteran additions Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and Lavelle Hawkins compete with rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce to fill other roles.
It will be vital for Brady to quickly develop chemistry with his new receivers in New England. And Brady feeling at the top of his game going into training camp this summer can only help matters.