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Patrick Chung: No better way to prepare for the regular season than by facing Tom Brady

08.02.12 at 5:32 pm ET

FOXBORO — Patrick Chung knows that you’€™re a defense that’€™s trying to prepare for the regular season, you could do a lot worse than face Tom Brady and the Patriots on a daily basis.

‘€œGoing against him will definitely make you better. Hands down. You guys know it. Everybody knows it. We just have to keep stringing [good practices] along,’€ Chung said after Thursday’€™s practice, one where the defense appeared to get the better of the offense on several occasions. ‘€œJust keep stringing them along and keep getting better. [Brady is] going to make us better. Our offense will make us better.’€

Chung and the rest of the New England defense had a good day on Thursday, disrupting Brady’€™s rhythm on several occasions and even forcing a pick when safety Steve Gregory came away with an errant Brady pass. It’€™s all part of an effort to develop the consistency and continuity that is often found in the most successful secondaries.

‘€œConsistency is No. 1,’€ Chung said. ‘€œYou have to be able to make plays consistently: boom, boom, boom, boom. It can’€™t just be good play, bad play, good play, bad play. Being consistent is No. 1 on the back end, because if you mess up on the back end, it’€™s a touchdown. We have to be on the same page and everybody has to know what they’€™re doing to make it happen.’€

While the offense is considered to be among the league’€™s elite, questions remain about the state of the defense. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Chung, who is heading into his fourth season with the Patriots, says that when it comes to the defensive backs, they pay their critics no mind.

‘€œWe don’€™t pay attention to it. We haven’€™t even played a game yet. We’€™re just going to play ball, play to the best of our abilities and then we’€™ll see what happens after that,’€ Chung said. ‘€œ[Criticism goes] in one ear and out the other. That’€™s how we like it back there. People are going to say what they want to say — everybody has their opinions. It’€™s in one ear and out the other. Get better, play ball and go from there.’€

The Patriots added several new faces in the secondary this season, both in the draft (Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner) and in free agency (Gregory, Will Allen, Marquice Cole).

‘€œIt’€™s good to have a lot of guys out there, because better competition will only make the group better,’€ Chung said. ‘€œIt will only make the group more competitive. It’€™s going to get us better. I like the bunch of guys we have in that room. A bunch of athletes who can play ball.’€

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