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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  August 23, 2010 03:54 PM

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...That's what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been this preseason. From calling his linemen "fat cows" to announcing his "hate" for the Jets and subsequent refusal to watch Rex Ryan's HBO infomercial, No. 12 has been speaking his mind.

Call it Tom Brady: Uncensored.

It's refreshing. Enough with the pretense and perfectly-crafted diplomatic responses. If you're Brady and people are going to interpret or misinterpret everything you say then why leave any room for interpretation at all? Speak your mind. You don't always have to be so politically-correct, Tom. It makes you more of an every-man and easier to identify with when you express your feelings honestly, just like the rest of us.

Now, if we could just get you to give us the unfiltered version of your feelings on your contract status...well, maybe not.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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