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Tom Brady says on K&C he was 'rusty' against Eagles last week

Alex Reimer
August 21, 2018 - 9:51 am

Tom Brady looked great in his first game action of the summer, completing 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ win over the Eagles Thursday. But despite those numbers, Brady told “Kirk & Callahan” Tuesday he has lots of kinks to work out before the regular season starts in three weeks.

“It was fun being out there. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Brady said. “You’ve got to take the preseason games for what they are. It’s a step in the preparation. It goes along with a lot of the other things we’re doing. We haven’t added any joint practices this year, so kind of being in these competitive situations –– if you haven’t been in those in a long time, and I haven’t, since the Super Bowl –– you always feel a little bit rusty.”

Per usual, the Brady detractors have come out in full force, with talking heads like Max Kellerman and FS1’s Rob Parker once again predicting his demise. Brady says he doesn’t let their criticisms bother him.

“I don’t watch TV much. I really don’t,” Brady explained. “Part of being a professional athlete is you’re dealing with lots of different things –– lots of criticisms. Obviously, there are lots of people who support you, but you also have lots of people who cheer for other teams. If you don’t come to grips with that, you’re in the wrong profession. It’s a different part of football in America. If you look at a lot of other sports around the world, at some point, you get to represent your country –– like the World Cup in the summer. I see all of these soccer players that play for these different clubs, but come together for their country at some point. In America, we never get a chance to do that. So most Americans that live in other parts of the country, they don’t like the Patriots. They don’t like me. I can understand that. I was a 49ers fan at one point. They want to see their team win, and when they don’t, they have to direct that frustration somewhere else. When you’ve been successful like our team has been, frustration gets directed at us, and that’s just part of it. You have to understand that’s what you’re getting into.”

Surely, Brady has come to that perspective after being one of the most scrutinized athletes on the planet for 18 years. During that same time, the Patriots’ quarterback has also lost many Pro Bowl teammates, including left tackle Nate Solder this offseason. 

Though Brady acknowledges the difficulty in replacing stalwarts like Solder, he says he’s comes to grips with the reality of the NFL.

“Naturally, I think people like players that have played for the Patriots,” Brady said. “We’ve had success, and I think people want to emulate that, and they’re willing to get our guys to play for their team. It’s not like it’s a shock anymore. When I was younger, I was pretty naive to the business side of the NFL. I couldn’t understand why guys would switch teams, because you come from a high school system or a college environment into a professional environment, and it’s just different. It was definitely more emotional when I was younger. I think now it’s just more of a reality. You miss the guys, and you miss their personalities, and what they bring to the team, and in different ways people would never know. Any time you lose a great player, I don’t think it helps the team at all. Hopefully you can replace that person with someone who can do the job, and someone who brings their own personality to the team. Losing a guy like Nate, that’s a big loss. We all love him, we miss him, and we’ll get to see him in 10 days. But he’ll always be a great friend.”