White named Patriots team captain in fifth season

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"It's a blessing to be able to do it", the New England quarterback said Friday as he awaits his 19th National Football League season with Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans. "But I think I can do it".

The Boston Globe offers an interesting look back at the team through an oral history, and Belichick called it the most important year of his development. "I'm going to know what my job is throughout the week and I'm going to go out there and do my job and hold myself accountable to my teammates and to myself".

"I'd love to play 41, 42, 43, 44, 45". So I'm not sure what life would be like without it.

Chris Hogan says he's ready to lend a hand.

We expect a score somewhere around 30-20, good enough for the Patriots to cover handily. "I just want to do that again".

"At the point I'm at now, it's been fun getting back into a regular routine". I still feel that there's things to accomplish.

"I think I can do it", he said. "Right now we just have to focus on today and be able to prepare and once Sunday gets here we'll be able to cut it loose and play free". I feel like if you put the work in you can learn it. "So, trying to be my best physically and be my best mentally and that's a good place to be".

At one point he seemed to address the criticism he's received in recent seasons about his relationship with his personal health coach and business partner Alex Guerrero. Guerrero was removed from team flights last season but has reappeared as a sign of some sort of understanding involving coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick, while speaking on NFL Network analyst Ian Rapaport's podcast, shared a great story about when he and Brady were grouped together at the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and Brady chose to risk his life while hitting his third shot on Pebble's oceanside par-5 sixth hole.

"Every opportunity I get", said Patterson, whose major impact through his first six years in the league with Minnesota and Oakland has come as a kickoff returner, said.

"I think people are just looking for something to write and talk about". There are five wide receivers on the roster, two of them added in the last five days. "They want to talk about a lot of drama", he said in the episode, filmed in August.

Brady would be 46 years old if he plays five more years.

Though a player like DeAndre Hopkins would be a great fit as well in New England because of the team's decimated receiving group, Watts presence on the field is a headache for opposing offenses and would have a bigger impact on games. You want to play and everything that I've had to go through in the rehabs and the recoveries and all that it took and then, obviously, (Hurricane Harvey) as well. Purported No. 1 wideout Julian Edelman's return in 2018 from a season-ending knee injury was delayed by a four-game suspension.

Facing a team the caliber of the Patriots isn't easy, and even if a team loses to the defending AFC champion New England squad, that doesn't make them any worse for wear.