AFC Notes: Brady, Gates, Peterson, Titans

In a recent opinion piece, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe makes the case that Tom Brady didn’t hold up his end of the bargain in trying to quell concerns about drama within the Patriots organization. Volin argues that coach Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski both did their best to assure the media and the public that all was good in New England, but that Brady raised more questions than he answered during his brief media availability.

Volin writes that the Patriots’ goal when Gronkowski and Brady finally returned to the team was to “show a united front, and squash all of the drama”, but that Brady failed to do so. According to Volin, Belichick did a “superb job” and Gronkowski did a “great job of explaining himself too”, but that Brady seemed like “he wants the drama to linger, to let it be known that he’s still upset with Belichick and the organization.”

Whatever is going on with the Patriots, it seems to be a saga with no end in sight. The issues likely won’t be put to rest for good until the team take the field in 2018 and shows they can still play at a championship level even with all the off-field distractions.

Here’s more from around the AFC:

  • Antonio Gates isn’t a realistic candidate to be signed by the Bills, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. Despite the Bills being a bit thin at tight end behind Charles Clay, Skurski thinks the Bills would rather develop the young tight ends on their roster.
  • Adrian Peterson would like to play for the Texans, he told Mark Berman of Fox 26 (Twitter link). Peterson said “I would definitely love to be here in Houston. I think I can help them out tremendously..I still got it.” Peterson has repeatedly expressed his desire to continue playing, but hasn’t drawn much interest.
  • Rookie tight end Ethan Wolf is a “long shot” to make the Titans roster, according to Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com. Wyatt thinks he’ll end up on the outside looking in due to the Titans’ full tight end depth-chart, but that he’s a potential practice squad candidate.
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7 comments on “AFC Notes: Brady, Gates, Peterson, Titans

  1. Clark K

    Ben has been trying to start stuff all offseason, if it’s not about Gronk it’s about Brady. No matter how many times it’s been made obvious that everything is fine he still tries this stuff. How does he still have a job?

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    • itslonelyatthetrop

      How is it obvious that everything is fine? Because they all said it is? Because they’re all still there? Maybe Volin is just bored, it is that time of year. Maybe not all is well and he’s enjoying a soap opera. Could be writing a book.

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    • eaterofbirds

      its been all over local sports radio and social media, and as a Pats fan [not to be confused with a local honk], Im tired of whats going on…its a clear case of undermining a coach…first with the quack-psuedo science of a trainer and then the immaturity on social media.
      Bellichicks hands were tied as soon as Kraft started meddling and now the organization is held hostage by a 40 yo qb and a monkey see monkey so, tight end. Ive veen sayimg it for months; should’ve traded em both and regain the locker room.

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      • bradthebluefish
        bradthebluefish

        That quack-pseudo science of a trainer helped Brady get the 2017 MVP Award. So he’s here to stay and rightfully so.

        Also, if Brady wants to train with his trainer, so be it. It’s obviously working for him.

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  2. kassem313

    Wish the sign Antonio Gates for 1 year. Be a perfect fit next to Charles Clay. Need all the weapons they can get. Also need WRS like Dez Bryant or Jeremy Maclin. Anything to help the offense improve with our QB situation

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  3. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Brady said all the right things short of saying “I love Belichick and have zero issues with him.” Leave him alone.

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  4. MauiDan

    TB and Gronk were probably of the Trust in Bill persuasion, like us Patriots fans, until Bill opened the criticism can of worms when his Butler decision cost them the Super Bowl.

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