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Tom Brady explains why Patriots offensive line is at graduate level of football

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2018 - 8:20 am

It's not too often offensive line play gets much talk, especially when it comes to gameplanning, but Tom Brady had some interesting insight when it comes to how much work the Patriots put in to that facet of the game.

“It’s interesting. There are a lot of teams who probably don’t spend as much time on protection as we do," Brady said to Sirius XM NFL Radio in an interview that will air Monday. "We have a variety of protections and it is all on a week-by-week basis of what we want to do. We’re interested in getting good matchups on the offensive line, too. It’s not just getting good matchups in the secondary — where we’re going to put our guys, what routes we’re going to run and what concepts. It’s like, ‘Look this is a bad matchup if we leave it like this, so we have to adjust.’

"I think over the many years of continuity between Dante [Scarnecchia], Josh [McDaniels], myself, the guys up front, them adapting. We’ve got more protection systems and ways to buy time in the pocket and that is ultimately what you’re trying to do so you’re not forced to the ball faster than you want. It ties together with the routes. But between the protections and the routes, I feel we’re at a graduate level of football.”

Due to a number of major injuries along the offensive line in recent years, this has become even more important and a major reason why the offense has been able to sustain it's excellence even with linemen suffering season-ending injuries the past couple of seasons.

As of now, it appears the Patriots will have the same offensive line as a season ago, but with newcomer Trent Brown replacing Nate Solder at left tackle. Rookie Isaiah Wynn could potentially work his way into a starting role as the season goes on.

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