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Bill Belichick says good to get Reggie Wayne up to (game) speed: ‘Always different in a game’ 08.29.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Bill Belichick has seen enough of young and veteran players alike to know that there’s no substitute for game action.

That’s why he decided to throw 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne into Friday’s game with Tom Brady right from the start.

Wayne played 21 snaps but clearly was still finding his way. He was targeted just once, and dropped the one pass (a bullet through his hands) that was thrown his way — a 5-yard dig or “sit” route over the middle in the first quarter.

How comfortable did Wayne (sporting his new No. 15) look to Belichick after watching film of the game Saturday?

“Well, you have to ask him that question,” Belichick said before noting that Wayne is not the only one on a cram course in the Patriots playbook. “I’m not sure. There’s a lot to learn in a few days. There’s several players in that situation, Mike Williams, Reggie, Asante Cleveland hasn’t been here very long. Brought [offensive lineman] Chris Martin back, he had been here before so he’s probably a little bit ahead but it’s pretty common around the league. See a lot of teams in that situation, bring in a player at this point in training camp and having to catch them up.”

After each series, Wayne and Brady sat down to one another on the Patriots sideline and chatted. Wayne seemed to appreciate Brady’s concern and his ability to ignore the noise of Deflategate.

“In spite of all of all that stuff, [Brady will] pull me to the side and help me out,” Wayne told reporters after the game.

To Belichick, putting Wayne in Friday’s game was much more about seeing him on film at game speed.

“I think it’s always different in a game,” Belichick noted. “The game speed, timing and communication, not necessarily verbal but the timing and communication with the quarterback, the routes and so forth. Practice is good and that certainly helps but it’s never quite the same as the game. That’s something we can learn from and build on. You go out there in practice and work on that stuff all you want. But it’s always a little bit different in a game. It’s good to start that process. Obviously, it’s got a long way to go but keep working on it.”

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Bill Belichick on the Tom Brady offense: ‘We didn’t do much offensively’ 08.28.15 at 11:42 pm ET
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Kony Ealy of the Carolina Panthers sacks Tom Brady Friday night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Kony Ealy of the Carolina Panthers sacks Tom Brady Friday night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The first six series of the night looked like the previous five of the season for Tom Brady. Not good.

He was sacked once, threw a pair of interceptions (including one that was more of a fumble than a pick), nearly stumbled into the ground trying to make a tackle after one of the interceptions and didn’t seem to be on the same page with any of his receivers.

There was the overthrow of an open Scott Chandler in the first quarter. The drop by Reggie Wayne in the second quarter.

All in all, Brady was 2-for-7 for 13 yards and two interceptions in his first six drives of the night.

“Obviously, we couldn’t do anything in the first half, couldn’t run, couldn’t throw,” coach Bill Belichick noted after the 17-16 preseason win over the Panthers in Charlotte.

Brady bounced back nicely on his seventh drive of the night, his 13th of the preseason, completing 5-of-6 passes for 71 yards and perfectly placed lob throw of 18 yards to Scott Chandler for touchdown with 50 seconds left before the half. He finished 7-of-13 for 84 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown.

In Brady’s defense, he was playing without his starting center (Bryan Stork), starting tight end (Rob Gronkowski), and two starting receivers (Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell).

Over his first 12 preseason drives, Brady was 5-for-16 for 36 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Starters or not, that’s ugly.

Belichick was asked specifically to comment on Brady’s play.

“I said we didn’t do much offensively,” Belichick reiterated.

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7 things we’re looking for in Friday’s Patriots-Panthers preseason game at 12:23 am ET
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How should the Patriots split the reps at QB Friday night?  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

How should the Patriots split the reps at QB Friday night? (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here are seven things we’ll be looking for Friday night when the Patriots meet the Panthers in the third preseason game for both teams:

1. How the reps are split at quarterback:

Nine of the last 10 times the Patriots took the field for the third preseason game of the summer, Tom Brady was at quarterback deep into the contest. (He sat out the third preseason game in 2008 entirely.) For the record, over those nine appearances, he finished with an average line of 15-for-22, 179 yards, 1.4 TDs, .33 INT and 40.5 snaps, with the bulk of the work coming over the first two-plus quarters. But with Brady’s status for the regular-season opener still unclear, there has to be some thought given to the idea of having Jimmy Garoppolo get more snaps than usual Friday with an eye toward making sure he’s ready for opening night against the Steelers if need be. From this viewpoint, the cautious play would be to have Brady start the game, but yield at roughly the 30-snap mark, depending on the offensive rhythm at that point in the evening. That way, Brady still gets in his needed work, but Garoppolo gets a little more activity than usual in advance of the regular-season opener.

For the record, here’s Brady’s workload and production in the third preseason game over the last 10 years:

2014: 17-for-21, 204 yards, two touchdowns, 42 snaps vs. Panthers
2013: 16-for-24, 185 yards, one interception, two sacks, 46 snaps vs. Lions
2012: 13-for-20, 127 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 45 snaps vs. Bucs
2011: 12-for-22, 145 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 37 snaps vs. Lions
2010: 18-for-22, 273 yards, three touchdowns, 30 snaps vs. Rams
2009: 12-for-19 for 150 yards, two touchdowns, one sack, 29 snaps vs. Redskins
2008: DNP
2007: 17-for-22, 167 yards, two touchdowns, 47 snaps vs. Panthers
2006: 17-for-30, 231 yards, one touchdown, 49 snaps vs. Redskins
2005: 12-for-21, 127 yards, one touchdown, one sack, 40 snaps vs. Packers

2. The third-down back competition:

This has been one of the best summer positional battles the Patriots have had in the last decade or so. Over the course of camp, the smart money appeared to be on Travaris Cadet, but he suffered an injury before the preseason schedule opened, and wasn’t heard from for a couple weeks. With that void, after Week 1 of the preseason, James White appeared to have the best shot at the job with a really nice outing against the Packers. But last week against the Saints, Dion Lewis really flashed positively, so much so that he looked to be in command. Now, who knows? Cadet needs to stay healthy if he wants to stay in the race, but it was hard not to look at the White/Lewis duo over the first two weeks of the preseason and imagine a combo role while White grows into the job on a full-time basis a year or two down the road, a la Shane Vereen.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Reggie Wayne debut, Devin McCourty role in secondary 08.25.15 at 5:24 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the debut of 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne at Patriots practice on Tuesday. Wearing his new No. 15 jersey, he worked with receivers coach Chad O’Shea and started running routes with Tom Brady. Several Patriots also returned to shorts and shells practice on Tuesday, incluidng receiver Aaron Dobson, running Travaris Cadet, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots continued their preparations for their third preseason game this Friday night in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

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Julian Edelman says ‘ask Bill’ when he might return to game action at 5:17 pm ET
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Julian Edelman has been sidelined since early in camp with an ankle issue. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman has been sidelined since early in camp with an ankle issue. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It’s always a good sign when a Patriots player coming off an injury speaks to the media. It’s usually a sign that the player is ready to return to practice.

And with practice, comes the expectation of game action.

Such might be the case for receiver Julian Edelman, who suffered an ankle injury in the first week of training camp and has been rehabbing it ever since. Certainly, the Patriots aren’t going to take any unnecessary risks. But listening to Edelman speak before practice Tuesday, one gets the sense he would like a few snaps of live game action as the team conducts its regular season “dress rehearsal” Friday night in Charlotte against the Panthers.

“Ask Bill. We’re taking it day-by-day,” is all Edelman would offer in the locker room, referring all inquires to Bill Belichick. “I think I’m ten seconds better than [I was] in the last ten seconds so we’re good.

“Anytime you’re not able to go out there and play, yeah, it’s difficult. But it’s part of the game and I’m just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to improve myself each and every day.”

Any way to gauge his game readiness based on practice and training room work?

“That’s one of those things where I don’t even have an answer for that. I don’t know. So, we’ll see,” he said.

If he is cleared to play Friday, he certainly will be excited for the chance to getting on the field for the first time since catching the game-winning touchdown from Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX.

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Reggie Wayne (No. 15) debuts at Patriots practice, Aaron Dobson, Travaris Cadet, Ryan Wendell return at 4:09 pm ET
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Ryan Wendell

Ryan Wendell

FOXBORO — It was a day of significant returns and debuts at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots returned to the practice field on Tuesday in shorts and shells and Reggie Wayne was on the field wearing his new No. 15 and working with Tom Brady and the wide receivers.

Several players made a return to practice including receiver Aaron Dobson, third down back Travaris Cadet and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell. Receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler were also on the field during the beginning portion of the practice that was open to the media.

Also back on the field were defensive linemen Rufus Johnson and Trey Flowers, both injured in the preseason opener against the Packers on Aug. 13.

There were ten players not spotted at practice, including Brandon LaFell, rookie cornerback Darryl Roberts, linebackers Dekoda Watson and Dane Fletcher, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Chris Barker and Bryan Stork, defensive lineman Joe Vellano, defensive lineman Chris Jones and tight end Jake Bequette.

The Patriots will practice again on Wednesday before leaving on Thursday for Charlotte and preseason game No. 3 against the Panthers on Friday night.

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What can history tell us when it comes to a realistic level of expectation for Reggie Wayne in 2015? at 3:26 pm ET
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In the wake of this week’s signing of Reggie Wayne, there was some talk about what sort of expectations the Patriots might have for the veteran wide receiver in 2015. With the understanding that Wayne will turn 37 in November, here’s a look at the 10 best seasons for 37-year-old receivers in the history of the NFL.

1. Terrell Owens (2010), 72 catches, 983 yards, 9 touchdowns
2. Jerry Rice (1999), 67 catches, 830 yards, 5 touchdowns
3. Charlie Joiner (1984), 61 catches, 793 yards, 6 touchdowns
4. Tim Brown (2003), 52 catches, 567 yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Art Monk (1994), 46 catches, 581 yards, 3 touchdowns
6. Drew Hill (1993), 34 catches, 384 yards, 0 touchdowns
7. Don Maynard (1972), 29 catches, 510 yards, 2 touchdowns
8. Irving Fryar (1999), 26 catches, 254 yards, 2 touchdowns
9. Ricky Proehl (2005), 25 catches, 441 yards, 4 touchdowns
10. Keenan McCardell (2007), 22 catches, 256 yards, 1 touchdown

While Wayne’s career arc has slipped as of late (he’s gone from 111 catches and 1,355 receiving yards in 2010 to 64 catches for 779 yards last season), provided he stays healthy in 2015, there’s the real possibility of him showing up on this list at the end of the year. One interesting historical comparison could be Monk. Both have a relatively similar body type (Wayne is 6-foot and 198 pounds, while Monk was a slightly bigger target at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds), and both are known as being steady and relatively durable. (Between the ages of 30 and 37, they each played in at least 15 seasons in six of seven seasons.) Monk spent 14 years with Washington before joining the Jets in 1994. In his lone season with the Jets, the 37-year-old managed to catch 46 passes. Wayne is on a similar path, having spent 14 years with the Colts before joining the Patriots. Ultimately, considering the environment he’s walking into and his past record, if he’s able to replicate Monk’s production, New England will probably be very happy.

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