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Tom Brady Press Conference Transcript 12/22

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media during his press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Q: Is your thigh affecting your ability to get your work done and be where you want to be for Saturday's game?

TB: We'll see. 

Q: Is it a maintenance thing or a regular sort of -?

TB: You could ask Coach [Bill] Belichick.  

Q: It is what it is?

TB: Yeah. Is that his line?

Q: How much work have you got in with Michael Floyd so far?

TB: As much as we could. He's only been here for a short period of time so there's a lot to catch up on, especially as a receiver in our offense, but he's working hard at it. 

Q: How difficult is it for him and for you to get on the same page so quickly?

TB: I think it's just you've got to put the time in. I don't think it's an easy thing to do by any stretch. I think that's why offseasons are so valuable, to have that work. We're pretty late in the year, but we'll do the things that he's confident in and that the coaches are confident he can do well and we'll see if we can go do something positive. 

*Q: What's it like at this point in the season getting a 6-foot-2, 220 pound receiver who's a former first-round pick?  *

TB: We've added different players like Steven Jackson last year late, and you try to - I think we've added different players at different times. You don't know what's going to happen and I don't want to predict what's going to happen because you really don't know. Hopefully it's a lot of great plays. That's what everyone's hoping for.  

Q: Do you put aside the baggage Michael Floyd brought here and just focus on what happens once he walks in the room, not what happened prior to him getting here?

TB: I'm not focused on any of that. I mean, I don't make decisions like that. I'm just try to focus on what I've got to do this week and if it's trying to work on football stuff with particular players, then that's what I'm going to do. 

Q: How fast did you guys have to reset after celebrating the win and clinching the division in Denver?

TB: Yeah, pretty quickly. I just remember being on the airplane and people saying we didn't finish the way we wanted to last year and this was a great win, but we've got to play football. We've got to play and go out and play great down the stretch. Some of the best teams we've ever had have played great down the stretch. It's a good time to string a bunch of wins together, and they're all going to come in different ways. The teams are different this time of year, the weather is different. Every week, there are different things. It's good to be able to have the mental toughness to approach the weeks, put everything into it, get the win, and then, 'bam,' move on to the next week.  I think that shows a lot of mental toughness by the team. [The Jets are] a team that's always given us a lot of problems. We've had a lot of really close games against this team for one reason or another, so that's what we're expecting this week. 

Q: Do you set one goal every year or a bunch of little goals that lead to the big one?

TB: We're trying to just - I think show up and win every day. Coach [Bill Belichick] always walks in the meeting room and says, 'Guys, this is a big day.' Every day he says it's a big day. He says it in May. He says it in July. He says it in December. We joke about it a lot. He never comes in and says, 'Eh you know, this day doesn't really mean that much.' I think you just approach every day doing the best you can do and try to prepare. Whether it's in the offseason, whether it's training camp, whether it's during the season, all those days are important. They mean something. You try to string them together and add up to winning football games. 

Q: What can you say about Julian Edelman's toughness and is there anything you can do to try to make sure that he's able to stay physically maintained through the remainder of the season?

TB: Yeah, I hate seeing him take hits. I think seeing anybody take those big hits is tough, especially when you're 195 pounds. He's a pretty tough guy, but the more you can take off him, the better. It's such a physical sport and sometimes the play is tight and the game is on the line, and you're going to take them. It's just part of the game. I think the ones you can control, you've got to try to control and do a good job of. But Julian [Edelman] is such a tough guy. I thought he did a great job on the punt returns last week trying to take those big kamikaze helicopter hits that he's taken before. 

Q: In reference to the hooded sweatshirt you are wearing with the sleeves cut off, did you take that from Coach Bill Belichick's locker?

TB: You don't like this style? 

*Q: I'm just curious; you guys are wearing the same type of thing. *
TB: No, it's so tight in the neck so I've got to cut it down a little bit because I'm wearing so much crap underneath at this time of year. 

Q: I didn't know if that was something you guys had going on.

TB: No, he and I don't consult that way. 

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