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Tom Brady throws for 500th career touchdown, happy with Julian Edelman back in offense

John Tomase
October 05, 2018 - 1:05 am

Tom Brady's postgame demeanor has changed considerably over the last three weeks.

At one end of that spectrum is the Brady frustrated by a loss to the Lions that had dropped the Patriots to 1-2. He wanted to see more James White in the offense, and more consistency, regardless of who took the field.

But after dispatching the Colts, 38-24, on Thursday night, Brady sounded more positive about the direction of the team with Julian Edelman back on the field and Rob Gronkowski rumbling over opposing defenses.

"We wanted to get him involved and he made some great plays," Brady told reporters of Edelman.  "It's just good to have him out there. I'm sure, we all want it to be perfect every time we go out, but I was really happy to be out there with him. He's a great player. And obviously the more great players you have out there the better we're going to move the ball and score points. I've played with Jules a long time. Really happy to have him out there healthy and having fun."

Brady had a big night in both the short- and long-term. He completed 34 of 44 passes for 341 yards and three TDs (along with 2 interceptions that weren't his fault). In the process, he became the third quarterback in history to throw for at least 500 touchdowns, joining Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508).

"Well I think all these things like that, milestones and so forth, there's so many people that contribute," Brady said. "I just think of all the people that have really worked hard. The quarterback don't throw them to himself. These are all great team awards. It's pretty cool."

Brady was frustrated by the turnovers, including one that bounced off Gronkowski's hands, but he's also happy with where the offense is after a slow start.

"Ultimately, I think everyone is frustrated that we just . . . missed opportunities," Brady said. "I think that's what we always look at. If you have a guy open down the field, that we connect. If we have opportunities in the red area that we score. We look at those, and fortunately we came out ahead, but I know we've had too many turnovers and we've got to eliminate those, because we've got a 93 percent chance of winning when we don't turn the ball over and that's pretty good, so we all need to do a better job taking care of it."

Brady was asked about the team turning the ball over and missing plays down the field.

"It's really not about those things to me," he said. "It's about points. The turnovers obviously, they keep you from scoring points. They're going to guard deep, you've got to throw it where they're not. Ultimately we've got to score more points. We had more opportunities out there. We scored 38 which was great, we had more in us. Last week I think we scored 38, we had more in us. I think that's what we're looking at. We've got a lot of room to grow. We need to make a lot of improvements in a short period of time."