Tom Brady: ‘I expect’ to play in preseason finale against Giants
|08.27.13 at 8:15 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has always insisted on playing as much as he can, even when the circumstance and better judgment might seem to call for Bill Belichick to sit him.
The debate always comes up in blowout wins in the fourth quarter, end-of-season games when the Patriots have their playoff spot already wrapped up and the fourth preseason game.
Thursday night is that third situation for Brady and the Patriots. And nothing has changed, at least in Brady’s mind. He expects to play some against the Giants.
“I expect to. That’s how we’ve been preparing. It’s always up to coach Belichick but I’m ready to go,” said Brady, who has played in three preseason finales in the last 10 years. “I think there’s always something to be gained from the competition. You have to go out there and always be prepared. Whatever he wants to do for however long he wants to play us, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re ready to go.”
Brady said that after last Thursday’s 40-9 embarrassment in Detroit, the Patriots have responded with two good days of padded practice.
“We want to finish strong,” Brady said of the preseason. “We’ve had some good practices. We’ve had some weeks [of practice] against other opponents that have been good. The fourth preseason, really to see what we can accomplish this last week. It’s been a good week of practice. That’s always a positive.
“All the games are important, all the practices are important, all the walkthroughs are important. With the way things are now with the CBA, the limited amount of time we get on the practice field during the preseason, everything we do ends up being important. We always joke [about] coach [Belichick] comes in and says, ‘Alright guys, today is a big day,’ because it is a big day. Whatever we screw up today we really can get to tomorrow. So, every day is imporatnt and the more days we get right, the better we’re going to be at the end of the year.”
The most important thing to Brady is getting the game timing down with his new corps of receivers, led by Danny Amendola, who could return to the field this Thursday after sitting out the game in Detroit with an undisclosed injury.
“The game experience and being in there with the guys you haven’t played with is very important,” Brady hinted. “We’ve had a lot of 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 [the better]. We’re on a clock, play clocks, game clocks, different substitution packages and stuff like that. There’s a lot to do. In 10 days, we play a real game so it’s a final chance to really see where we’re at.”
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