Brady eyes new season, ready to move on from 'Deflategate'

Wed Sep 9, 2015 5:15pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) - With the most turbulent offseason of his glittering National Football League career now behind him, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is eager to return his complete focus to the field and chase a fifth Super Bowl title.

Brady will start for the Patriots in the NFL's season opener on Thursday exactly one week after a federal judge threw out his four-game suspension for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a January playoff victory.

"It's obviously been a long seven months for everybody, but I think now the goal is to focus on what my job is and what I need to go out there and do to help our team win," said Brady.

"Everything that's happened over the past seven months, obviously I have a lot of personal feelings, but I really don't care to share many of those.

"I really care to think about what I need to do going forward. We've got a lot of guys in this locker room who worked really hard to get to this point, and so have I, and I'm excited to be able to go out there and do it."

The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots will be thin at wide receiver when the 2015 season kicks off due to injuries to some key players but with Brady under center they will not be taken lightly by any opponents.

Injuries to preferred targets Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell will force Brady, 38, to make early adjustments following a preseason in which New England's offense looked unimpressive.

But when the Patriots open the season at home versus the Pittsburgh Steelers many expect Brady to quickly rediscover the form that has made him one of the game's most prolific passers.   Continued...

Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA;New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Patriots defeated the Saints 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports