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Friday, August 14, 2009
Hobbs says Brady 'looked 100 percent to me'


 
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  Tom Brady threw for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns Thursday night.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

PHILADELPHIA -- The biggest NFL story of the summer sent me straight to the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room Thursday night.

Never mind that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looked fabulous in a 27-25 victory, his first game action since having two knee ligaments sewn back together. Michael Vick had signed with the Eagles, and I was at Lincoln Financial Field.

But my impromptu trip into the Eagles den didn't stop me from getting some Brady insight.

Former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, traded to the Eagles in April, wasn't the least bit surprised to see Brady complete 10 of 15 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns to tight end Chris Baker. Brady did throw one interception, but he looked sharp.

His 97.2 passer rating would have been even better had Randy Moss not dropped a 46-yard bomb down the right sideline (Asante Samuel was flagged for interference, but Moss still should have made the grab) and Joey Galloway not dropped a quick touchdown toss.

"I pretty much expected what I saw, accurate throws, taking calculated risks downfield," Hobbs said. "I expect to see him get better and better each week.

"He was fortunate that it happened so early to recover and get back to the way he's feeling. It was funny because all those times when they were saying all that stuff about an infection and bacteria, he's actually working out in front of us. So what are they talking about?

"He didn't look any different. He had the brace on, but he looked 100 percent to me."