The Pats have until Friday at 4 pm ET to activate Mitchell for the game on Saturday. For Super Bowl LII, the Patriots are +162 to repeat and the Titans +3300 long shots. He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career.
Brady is a health obsessive and it is his determination to keep in good shape via the TB12 diet (sample quote: "I don't really drink tea, but I might drink a cup of bone broth") which has caused its own issues as Belichick saw his power over the Patriots locker room challenged by the increasing influence of Brady's trainer, in the team's facility.
Brady had not met with a large contingent of local reporters prior to Thursday to discuss the ESPN report of discord at the top of the Patriots' hierarchy.
"We felt like we had an opportunity to win it", George said.
If we were to just pick which team has the better QB between Drew Brees and Case Keenum?
"I know people are counting us out, but I think this is the kind of team people make movies about", Titans tackle Taylor Lewan told reporters. It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility.
Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't noticed any change in Brady.
"He's the ultimate professional and he gets his teammates better. They anticipated things we were going to do, even things we hadn't done before", George said. If Tennessee can get pressure on Brady, it has a chance.
Tennessee is also a team that's built to win in the playoffs. He doesn't have the same Hall of Fame presence as Brees, but that doesn't mean the Patriots aren't anxious. Same goes for Deshaun Watson the previous game, although the Houston Texans came up short in their upset bid.
The 2018 National Football League playoffs continue Saturday afternoon with the divisional round and two more postseason games. Stop Mark Ingram, and you get a fresh Alvin Kamara running at you. "So we've got to take care of business and start winning games like this to get the respect that we desire". In fact I'd choose him over the more obvious Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks. Marcus Mariota is not a great quarterback at this present time. "I'm looking forward to it".
The contrast in quarterbacks will be stark.
"In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut", the 40-year-old added, describing the report as "completely wrong". If Tennessee can control the pace of the game by running the ball effectively, they can limit the ability of New England to run away with the game. He covers the Detriot Lions and the New England Patriots.
"I wouldn't use that word, no", Belichick said. Still, you have to play the games and the Titans have to play a great game to win this one on the road. It will be all hands on deck and time to go work come kickoff. Brady should carve up the Titans defense, and the Patriots defense should contain Marcus Mariota on the ground. Who can forget his dominant showing in the AFC championship game, when he caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead New England to a 36-17 blowout win over the Steelers at Gillette Stadium? He should also pass his way through a weak Patriots secondary. Plus, they've already begun their "no one believes in us" campaign, with veteran Lane Johnson saying they "got treated like the [0-16] Browns" after Carson Wentz tore an ACL.
Brady isn't taking anything for granted.
Hogan missed seven of the final eight regular-season games with a shoulder injury suffered October 29. "We have a lot of confidence in him that he's going to put us in the right positions".