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News Blitz 1/4: Brady, Patriots ready to write 2018 ‘story’

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Tom Brady has been here before. Literally many, many times.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback leads a Patriots team that’s enjoying the bye week while preparing for a playoff game against a still-to-be-determined opponent.

After an at times up and down season, Brady knows that New England has a valuable opportunity on the horizon and that how the 2018 Patriots will be remembered will be based on the action of the next few weeks.

The Boston Herald looks at what should be a very competitive, entertaining weekend of wild card NFL action. The Boston Herald notes that Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore continues to earn praise, including from Brady. The Herald observes that Devin McCourty missed his second straight day of bye week practice while dealing with a head injury suffered in the season finale.

NBC Sports Boston also notes that Brady was fired up to talk about the playoffs on Thursday. NBC Sports Boston passes along a report that New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interested in the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy and that the interest could be mutual. NBC Sports Boston also notes that this could be the last go-round for this group of Patriots. NBC Sports Boston has Brady heaping praise on Gilmore.

NFL.com also highlights the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists. NFL.com has its final QB rankings from the 2018 regular season, with Brady sneaking into the top 10. NFL.com notes that Brady was the leader in jersey sales for 2018.

USA Today notes that the Patriots are the most hated team in 13 different states according to one poll.

The Miami Herald looks at Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ candidacy for the Dolphins head coaching job.

Yahoo! Sports says that Patriots president Jonathan Kraft gave a definitive answer regarding Brady’s future in New England during a radio interview on Thursday.

Forbes looks at how New England’s play in the postseason could shape the team’s offseason plans.

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