Brady still trying to help Pats win

Classy move on Tom Brady’s part. Throughout last week, even when he was down and out, Brady continued talking with and text messaging his replacement, Matt Cassell, providing pointers on what to expect from the offense and the New York Jets.

Brady even showed up at the quarterback’s meeting on Saturday to offer some in-person perspective that Cassel credited for helping him in his first NFL start. Even though Brady cannot help the Patriots on the field this season, the expectation is that his lessons will continue off the field.

“Right now, the priority for Tom is to rehab and do everything he can to get back to 100-percent, and that’s a long process,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday. “Tom’s always been great about helping other players and being part of the team, or being part of whatever we’re doing. Last week, he came in a little bit at the end of the week. Going forward this week that might be the same, it might be a little bit different. It goes depending on how his rehab schedule goes and what we’re doing at the times when he is available. It’s not a real structured thing, is what I am trying to say.

“I’m sure that Tom will continue to be involved like he always has. To what degree, what the time frame is and the structure of it and all that, that’s not in place and it will change during the course of the year too. The things he’s doing now, there will be different points in his rehab where there will be different areas it will be focused on, different time frames and so forth. We’ll just have to take it as it comes.”

And speaking of knees, Belichick found the time to check in with Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who hurt his knee during Saturday’s win over Michigan. But typical with Belichick, he didn’t want to provide any details about his friend’s injury.

“Whatever Charlie wants to say about his injury, I think he’s perfectly capable of talking about that,” Belichick said. “I don’t want to. That was a tough hit though.”

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