Patriots: Therell be new faces in opener between familiar foes

Patriots: Therell be new faces in opener between familiar foes

Patriots: Therell be new faces in opener between familiar foes

Texans QB Deshaun Watson set franchise rookie records with 19 TD passes and 103 QB rating last season before tearing right ACL in November.Watson had 19 TD passes in seven games, most in National Football League history by rookie in first seven games.He passed for 301 yards and two TDs in last year's loss to New England.

"I would love to play five more years". "I'm just focused on what I want to do, and be a great football player for this team and be a good example in the locker room, provide great leadership".

Lacing them up once again this season for the Patriots under center will be Tom Brady.

Watson said before practice on Wednesday that he's just ready to be back on the field with his teammates, "I'm very excited just to be able to get back in action. this is the start of the season".

"I think what you saw a year ago, you'll just see better", McCourty said. "Different things come up, and decisions are made, that's why you're team is never the same at the beginning of the season as the end".

"I could tell people I'm feeling unbelievable, I could tell people I'm feeling awful", he told a conference call. "We're all going to be learning on the fly and you have to build as the season goes". They're really well coached.

The Texans should be better with Watson back in the fold, and it'd be a major disappointment if they weren't at least in contention for a playoff spot in a division lacking a powerhouse. "That's where our focus is". He's now 41, but has yet to show any signs of diminished capacity coming off an MVP season. He quickly followed up with "I think so".

"But I'm just looking to getting back out on the field, playing football, flying around with the guys, doing what I love". But yeah, that was a long time ago. "So, trying to be my best physically and be my best mentally and that's a good place to be". That's as good a look - I mean, if you were playing Freeney or someone who is light. And Cordarrelle's new and he's done some good things. You want to play and everything that I've had to go through in the rehabs and the recoveries and all that it took and then, obviously, (Hurricane Harvey) as well. I've seen all the coverages - we have a lot of answers to the test. Every week we want to build on things and there's no way to replicate what we're about to go up against it. So there we are playing in a pro-am tournament, where, as an amateur if you hit a bad shot you don't really worry about it, you play the pro's ball anyways, that's what you have him for. NBC Sports Boston checks in with Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who sees a similar passion in his quarterback Deshaun Watson and Brady.

"He jumps in there", said Belichick.

Although blocking the three-headed monster of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus is a mountainous task; identifying where they are on any given play is just as important as the physical aspects.

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