New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 shakes the hand of owner Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Tom Brady’s pending return to Foxborough has been the talk of the NFL since the league released the 2021 schedule on Wednesday. The reactions poured in quickly, including Tom Brady Sr. calling into Zolak & Bertrand on Thursday.

On Saturday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft shared his thoughts on the game, via a video from TMZ Sports. Approached on the street, Kraft told the TMZ report he’s “excited to have” Brady back at Gillette Stadium. “He’s a great guy and he did so much for us. I love him,” Kraft continued.

Perhaps taking a page out of his coach’s media playbook, Kraft’s shifted focus from the Week 4 matchup to a more immediate game. “We should have a fun night! But, I’m excited for Week 1 when we play Miami.”

Finally, Kraft was asked his thoughts on Mac Jones, and if he believes the rookie should start right away. “We’re excited to have him, but I’m excited to have Cam Newton, too,” Kraft continued, before directly deferring to the coach on the starting QB job. “I pay Bill Belichick a lot of money. He can decide that.”

Here’s a look at the full 2021 Patriots schedule, Brady and all…

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