New England Patriots: Tom Brady Impresses in Preseason Loss
In what likely will be the final preseason tuneup for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the former MVP made a statement that he's ready to go. Though the Pats lost to the Rams 36-35, Brady finished with 273 yards passing and three touchdown, all of 15 yards or more. He also completed 18 of his 22 pass attempts.
So far this preseason Brady's looked solid. However, it wasn't until tonight that the QB really showed what he's prepared to do this season. If there were any questions about Brady's arm strength or accuracy, those should have been answered on his 65 yard rainbow to a wide open Randy Moss for a score. Brady also connected with rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski twice for touchdowns.
Moss and Gronkowski were Brady's top two targets on the game. The veteran wideout caught three balls for 74 yards, while the rookie got three catches for 66 yards. Perhaps the best sign of Brady's night was the fact that he didn't focus too much on one particular receiver.
The Patriots spread the ball around to several of their targets including Wes Welker and expected starter Brandon Tate. Kevin Faulk had his typical quality catches out of the backfield and Alge Crumpler made a nice grab that was challenged by the Rams, but ruled a good catch.
The only downside to the success throwing the football was New England's relative inability to run. Three different backs combined for just 28 yards on 11 carries. It's one area that Bill Belichick would like to see vastly improved before Week 1 against the Bengals.
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