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Tom Brady apparently didn't know Eric Lee's name when Patriots played Dolphins

Alex Reimer
December 04, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Even Tom Brady can’t be on top of everything. 

New Patriots defensive end Eric Lee enjoyed a big game against the Bills Sunday, taking part in two sacks and intercepting Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the red zone. New England signed Lee the previous week from the Buffalo practice squad. He made his Patriots debut on Nov. 26 against the Dolphins, where he was credited with four tackles and also recorded a sack.

According to CBS analyst Tony Romo, Brady couldn’t identify Lee two weeks ago. The Patriots quarterback was forced to ask Danny Amendola about his new teammate during the Miami game. 

“As a quarterback for the team, (Brady) looks up last week against Miami — him and Danny Amendola are sitting on the bench — he looks up at the monitor and goes, ‘Oh good job! By … Eric … Lee…'” Romo said. “He looks over to Amendola and asks, ‘Who’s Eric Lee?’”

The Patriots inked Lee to a two-year contract Nov. 21, shortly after they released pass-rusher Cassius Marsh. Lee now wears Marsh’s old No. 55, which Romo says confuses him as well.

“I thought it was Marsh because we’ve called games before and 55’s been Marsh all year,” Romo said. “Then they got Lee, so you’re like, ‘Oh right. It’s Lee.’”

Lee is one of several previously anonymous defensive players who have filled in admirably for the Patriots this season. With Dont’a Hightower out, the emergence of young linebackers such as Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts has become one of the most important subplots of the season.

After struggling through the first month, the Patriots’ defense hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in eight weeks. The play of unheralded contributors like Lee is a big reason why. 

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