FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — When Tom Brady takes the field on Sunday he’ll be embarking on his 19th season in the NFL and 18th as the starting quarterback for the Patriots.
Aside from getting the new campaign off on the right foot, Brady will also look to tie Peyton Manning for the most career opening day wins and improve his lifetime record against the Houston Texans to 9-1.
Speaking to reporters for the first time this week, Brady on Friday discussed guiding a New England offense with a lot of new parts.
“We’re all going to be learning on the fly and you’ve got to build as the season goes,” he said. “We’re in a certain place now but this is not where we want to be as we get through the season. Every week we want to build on things, and there’s no way to replicate what we’re about to go up against and that’s why you’ve got to go through it. So we’ll see where we’re at.”
After an offseason where some questioned his commitment to football, Brady said he’s as excited as ever to suit up on Sunday and he doesn’t take for granted his opportunity to still play at a high level.
He also remarked on a Texans defense that will welcome back some significant players back from injury.
“I think they have some of the best players in the league at their position. J.J. Watt, Mercilus, Clowney,” Brady said. ” They weren’t in there at the later part of last season. I think they were all in there the last time we played them and we barely came back and won that game. That took everything we had and some luck to win that one last year.”