BOSTON (CBS) — Many were a little surprised when Bill Belichick used a second round pick in the NFL Draft earlier this month to select quarterback.
But Tom Brady was not one of those people.
“I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback,” Brady told Peter King for this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback. “Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win.
“It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully,” said Brady. “And this is not the first time they’ve taken another quarterback either.”
Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois with the 62nd pick in the draft, leading many to believe he selected the man who will take over when Brady does eventually hang up the cleats. While they have not the last two seasons, the Patriots have carried two quarterbacks behind Brady in seven of his 12 seasons as the starter.
Brady, who will turn 37 in August, told King that he feels better now than when he was 25, but also knows that nothing is given in the NFL.
“There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything,” he said. “I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”
MORE PATRIOTS COVERAGE FROM CBS BOSTON
- Falcons’ De’Vondre Campbell On Gronk: ‘I Feel Like I Match Up Well’
- How Real Is The Falcons’ ‘Super Bowl Hangover’?
- Shea McClellin Could Return To Patriots Practice This Week
- Phil Perry: Patriots Defense Has ‘Gotten Better’, But Falcons Are Real ‘Litmus Test’