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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Brady on WRs: Better place than last year

By Lee Schechter, Special to

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Last season, quarterback Tom Brady and his new group of wide receivers had a slow start. In Sunday’s opener against the Miami Dolphins, Brady is looking to “let it rip.”

“Every week you hope it’s good enough to win the game,” Brady said during a news conference on Wednesday. “So I hope we are in a better place than we were last year because we were starting pretty fresh last year.

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Tom Brady sounds more comfortable and confident in his receiving corps heading into this season.
“We have had some new players, some new additions and doing different things, guys are playing in different spots, but everyone has to find a role for themselves, and we will let it rip and see where we are at. And if it doesn’t work, then we re-evaluate. And if it works, then we will keep doing it.”

Brady has a returning receiving corps of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, a new addition, improved his connection with Brady throughout training camp as the two built up some trust. Tight end Tim Wright, who hasn't had much time yet with Brady, will look to do the same.

Brady places high value on the trust between a quarterback and wide receiver.

“The more we are on the same page, the better we are going to be,” Brady said. “Offensive football is about anticipation and having a lot of trust and confidence in one another, so I think we built on that. We are always going to make mistakes out there because football is not really a game of perfection, but we try to do it as perfectly as we can.”

While Brady acknowledged that mistakes will happen, chemistry is critical.

“I’m not going to look that way if I don’t feel comfortable about that particular player,” Brady said.

But Brady said he has full confidence in his wide receivers for Sunday’s game.

“The guys that we have this year have worked really hard to earn the trust of their teammates and coaches," Brady said. "That’s what it’s about. We put the work in, now it’s time to see what it is all about.”