clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Prolific Patriots' offense preparing for Titans

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. The Patriots followed up a season that saw them lose just three regular-s
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. The Patriots followed up a season that saw them lose just three regular-season games and nearly win the Super Bowl by adding a deep receiving threat and solidifying their defense to stack up against a soft schedule. The Patriots are scheduled to begin their regular season on Sept. 9 at the Tennessee Titans.
Dave Martin, File, Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards in the New England Patriots' opener last year.

When they begin this season on Sunday at Tennessee, the offense will have several different starters from that 38-24 win over the Miami Dolphins.

But it still has Brady. And Josh McDaniels, who has returned to the offensive coordinator's job he held from 2006-08, sees improvement in his quarterback. Brady, of course, was pretty good last season when he threw for 5,235 yards, second most in NFL history.

Since then, they've added a deep threat at wideout, Brandon Lloyd. Running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen should play bigger roles with BenJarvus Green-Ellis' departure for the Cincinnati Bengals. And the Patriots still have receiving stars Wes Welker, Ron Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.