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The team also parted ways with nose tackle Phil Taylor Sr. Taylor, 30, has not played since 2014. A former first-round pick of the Browns, Washington signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason after he spent last season on injured reserve with a torn left quadriceps.
Washington also released running back Kapri Bibbs, receiver Brian Quick and center Demetrius Rhaney.
The team waived defensive back Quin Blanding, offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, receiver Simmie Cobbs, Jr., linebacker Vontae Diggs, linebacker Jerod Fernandez, receiver Shay Fields Jake Matthews Jersey , tight end Matt Flanagan tight end J.P. Holtz, tight end Garrett Hudson, defensive back Prince Charles Iworah, offensive guard Kyle Kalis, receiver Darvin Kidsey, offensive tackle John Kling, defensive back Kenny Ladler, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, linebacker Dadi Nicolas, offensive tackle Timon Parris, nose tackle Ondre Pipkins, linebacker Pete Robertson Solomon Thomas Jersey , defensive end Dante Sawyer, running back De’Veon Smith, defensive back Fish Smithson, linebacker Martrell Spaight, defensive back Ranthony Texada, defensive tackle JoJo Wicker, receiver Daniel Williams III, offensive guard Isaiah Williams.
Washington placed guard Tyler Catalina on injured reserve, defensive end Stacy McGee on the physically unable to perform list and defensive back Joshua Holsey on the non-football injury list.`
Even if numbers occasionally lie, most of them indicate the New England Patriots are in great position to hoist a sixth Lombardi Trophy.
The reasons begin in the only place they could: with Tom Brady.
Yes, at 40 years old Brady would be the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl if the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He would dethrone Peyton Manning, who won at age 39 with the Denver Broncos to cap the 2015 season.
Brady has put up numbers in his 18th season unmatched by any player in NFL history. He led the league with 4 Tedy Bruschi Jersey ,577 yards passing during the regular season and his five touchdown passes are tied for the most in the playoffs.
Brady’s seven Super Bowl appearances are as many as the entire Eagles roster. He’s faced a myriad of difficult scenarios in the championship game, including last year’s 25-point hole the Patriots dug out of to beat the Falcons.
Brady won that one without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be in uniform after being cleared late this week.
Close games have been no problem , for Brady and coach Bill Belichick either. The total difference in scoring in those seven games is 12 points: Patriots 169, opponents 157.
You want to talk about comebacks? No player in the Super Bowl era has more fourth-quarter comebacks in the playoffs in his career than Brady’s eight. It’s probably why Brady chuckled this week when he was again asked about how long he wanted to keep playing.
”Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?” Brady said. ”I don’t get it. I’m having fun. The team’s doing good. I know I’m a little bit older than most of the guys, but I’m really enjoying it. … I’m not thinking about retirement. I’m thinking about the Super Bowl and trying to win the most important game of the year.”
As big as the Brady factor is, he’s not the only advantage New England has.
The Patriots lost go-to receiver Julian Edelman in the preseason to a knee injury and linebacker Dont’a Hightower to a season-ending shoulder injury in October. After some early-season struggles, Belichick found a way to plug the holes, with contributions from several previously unheralded players like Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy, Lawrence Guy and Ricky Jean Francois .
New England has also gotten a strong season from receiver Brandin Cook after acquiring him from New Orleans this offseason. He posted his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season (1 James Harrison Jersey ,082) and was second on the team in receiving yards behind only Gronkowski (1,084). Running back Dion Lewis has also found new life just two seasons removed from a knee injury. He led the team with 896 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns.
It’s underlined the football savvy of Belichick, who with a sixth Super Bowl victory would pass Vince Lombardi and tie George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most NFL championships by a coach.
Belichick will be taking part in his 11th Super Bowl as a head coach or assistant, the most among any coach in NFL history. That amounts to 21.2 percent of all Super Bowls in league history and 34.4 percent of all Super Bowls since his first appearance as the Giants defensive coordinator in 1986.
Though there have been reports of alleged friction this season between Belichick, Brady and team owner Robert Kraft, it’s clear they are on the same page when it comes to the pursuit of championships.
”It changes every year. The venues are different, the teams are different, the matchups are different, and the road the team has traveled to get here is different, as is the road your opponent has traveled,” Belichick said. ”Each one is unique. Each one’s special.”
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