This could be the year Tom Brady accomplishes something truly impressive. Sure he has three Lombardi Trophies two Super Bowl MVPs and two league MVPs has been selected for eight Pro Bowls lives with his supermodel wife on an estate surrounded by a moat and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Fine. But this will be the season the New England Patriots rely on their dashing prince of a quarterback more than they ever have. Brady’s biggest challenge lies ahead starting with Sunday’s season opener against the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium. If the Patriots are to maintain their AFC East superiority and fulfill expectations as a Super Bowl contender then Brady almost certainly will have carried them despite an offensive lineup that looks nothing like past years. “A lot of people are saying he don’t have all the weapons he had last year” Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “But that’s Tom Brady. He can make somebody out of anybody.” New England will need him to do exactly that in 2013. Brady turned 36 last month and is entering his 14th season. He’ll need to put forth some of his best work to get his team back to the Super Bowl. “There is always an onus on the quarterback” Brady said on a conference call with Bills reporters this week. “The pressure of professional football and the pressure to do things right I’m sure that’s in every job. Certainly in football a lot of times it does fall on the quarterback. “From my standpoint that’s kind of where I want it. I want guys to look to me for communication to do the right thing and to hold me accountable and I expect the same things of them.” New England last year led the NFL in total offense and was fourth in passing offense. But 88 percent of its catches 87 percent of its receiving yards and 88 percent of its receiving touchdowns have been deleted from the roster or are hurt. Brady’s binky Wes Welker dazzled a new fan base Thursday night with the Denver Broncos. Brandon Lloyd and Danny Woodhead also are gone. Aaron Hernandez is facing murder charges. Rob Gronkowski is doubtful for Sunday. “Players come and go” Brady said. “Coaches come and go and to be able to adjust and adapt is a big part of the NFL. It’s a big part of the success of franchises and organizations.” Of the nine receivers and tight ends on New England’s roster four are rookies: receivers Aaron Dobson Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins and tight end Zach Sudfeld. Thompkins and Sudfeld weren’t drafted.
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