Tom Brady still has some gelling to do with the New England Patriots rookie receivers, and every rep and snap is going to be invaluable heading into another season with the eyes set on a Super Bowl victory (no matter the national storylines, this is always the goal in Foxboro). While it seems like he has already developed a great rapport with Kenbrell Thompkins and a solid one with Zach Sudfeld, it still looks like he, Josh Boyce, and Aaron Dobson have some hitches in communication to iron out. Brady understands that the preseason games this year are much more important due to the turnover at the position, and it’s why he expects to play in the Week 4 preseason matchup against the New York Giants.
Brady said, via ESPN Boston, “I expect to. That’s how we’ve been preparing. It’s always up to Coach Belichick, but I’m ready to go.”
“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, 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.”
I love this quote from Brady, because snaps in game situations are significantly more valuable than practice reps, even when those games are exhibition matchups. Practice snaps are nice, but those game situations really tell you more about a player, how to utilize them, when to trust them, and for all the reasons that Tom Brady stated above. It may just be me, but I found that quote to be quite insightful.