Tom Brady: OL is strength of our team

November, 6, 2013
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The New England Patriots dealt with extensive turnover among their receiving group this offseason, as well as early season injuries to tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola.

The transition from last season's group of pass-catchers to this season's, which includes three rookie wideouts, has been a growing process.

It hasn't always been easy for quarterback Tom Brady, who had his best game of the season in Week 9 against the Steelers, but the offensive line has been a group that he's been able to rely on heavily.

The starting group to begin the season was the same as the five that finished the season in 2012, and though Sebastian Vollmer has been placed on injured reserve, springing Marcus Cannon into a starting role at right tackle, Brady highlighted the offensive line as the strength of the team in a radio interview with Scott Zolak on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

"The offensive line has been the strength for us," Brady said. "It's a great group, smart guys that really work hard, that put the time in and do great in the run game, great in the pass game."

Left to right, the group features Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, and now Cannon in Vollmer's place.

While the Patriots have allowed more pressure of Brady this season than last, the group has still provided the veteran quarterback with a security blanket up front, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

"They're the strength of our team, those guys up front," he said. "Wendy, Logan, and Nate and Dan Connolly and now with Sebastian out, Marcus. [A] great group."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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