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Tom Brady reminds teammates of focus in short week

FOXBOROUGH -- Was Tom Brady sending a subtle message to his team about staying focused on the Jets during this short week?

“We’re just trying to prioritize our time,” the Patriots quarterback said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “We’ve got to leave tomorrow and hopefully everyone’s spending their time wisely and not playing video games and stuff like that. Trying to understand our plan and what we need to do. It’s a very tough place to play, we always play this team very tough so, it should be a fun night.”

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This is the fifth time in team history the Patriots will play on Thanksgiving Day.

“It feels different playing on this short of rest,” Brady said. “We’re just trying to put as much into it as you can into it. No time for anything other than the Jets. There’s some recall from three weeks ago. It’s definitely a challenge. It challenges our mental toughness to be ready Thursday night.”

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Brady, who is 17-5 all-time against the Jets, also spoke about being without tight end Rob Gronkowski for the foreseeable future.

“He’s been a very productive player so other guys just have to step into that spot and do the job. That’s what it’s come down to and that’s football. Every team deals with it at one point or another. He’s a tough guy to replace but that’s what we need to do. ..

“Every player has some different strengths and so forth and you try to play to those guys strengths. I don’t think you go into it and say… there’s only one Rob Gronkowski, there’s only one of those in the league.”

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