Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Brady expects action in final preseason game


Tom Brady isn't a fourth preseason game-caliber player. That doesn't mean he's above playing in the fourth preseason game.

The New England Patriots signal-caller told ESPN Boston Tuesday he expects to play in Thursday's preseason finale, which is typically a mad dash of second- third- and fourth stringers trying to cling to the depth chart.

The Patriots have almost completely uprooted and re-planted Brady's surroundings over the past six months, so Brady is looking to take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen his connection with the newcomers.

"We've got a lot of different guys, different faces, especially at the skill positions that have to be a big part of our offense this year," Brady said, "so the more time we can get under game conditions -- like I said before, we're on the clock, there's play clocks, there's game clocks, different substitution packages, stuff like that.

"There's a lot to do. Like you said, in 10 days we play a real game, so this is a final chance to really see where we're at."

The Patriots have a bad taste in their mouths after getting routed 40-9 by the Detroit Lions last week in a game that saw the first-team offense commit four turnovers in its first five possessions.

If Brady does in fact get on the field this week against the New York Giants, it probably won't be for long, so he and the starters will look to get some positive mojo going quickly before leaving the field for the last time this preseason.

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