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.