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After season with new receivers, Patriots' Brady more familiar with players he's throwing to

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he speaks to reporters prior to team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he speaks to reporters prior to team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork, right, greets quarterback Tom Brady at team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork, right, greets quarterback Tom Brady at team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski performs a drill during team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski performs a drill during team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

When Tom Brady played in last year's opener, none of his top five pass catchers from the previous season were in uniform with him.

When he starts this season on Sunday, the nine players with the most receptions last year for the New England Patriots should be ready to catch his throws.

Brady says he hopes the team is in a better place than last year, when it started pretty fresh.

In 2012, Patriots wide receivers and tight ends caught 346 passes. In the 2013 opener, players who caught just 26 of those passes were active.

Last year, those positions produced 296 receptions for the Patriots. Players who caught 279 of them are expected to play Sunday at the Miami Dolphins.

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