FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't play in last week's preseason opener, but all signs point to him doing so Friday night against the Eagles. Brady stressed the importance of doing so.
"That’s very valuable playing experience for me, too. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been doing it, you have to get out there and play in game situations, and get your body going at the level that it needs to be at," Brady said, adding that he wants to play "as much as Coach [Bill Belichick] will let me."
Brady and the offense could use the work based on what unfolded at Wednesday morning's practice with the Eagles. The teams worked under steady rainfall and with a fairly strong wind, it made it a tough day to throw the football.
At one point, the ball slipped out of Brady's hand as he attempted to tuck it when failing to find an open target. Credit goes to the Eagles' defense as well, which has created more resistance against the Patriots than it did in last year's joint practices. For the second day in a row, Brady, ever the perfectionist, looked frustrated at times.
Still, the practice ended on a high note for the Patriots, with Brady connecting with receiver Julian Edelman in the end zone for a touchdown. Brady jogged over to Edelman afterwards for a celebratory greeting, the two banging their helmets together.
"It was poor execution the drive before. We couldn’t get much out of it. We had another opportunity, which usually doesn’t happen in the NFL -- you just don’t get a second chance – but we went out there and did a better job," Brady explained.
Because of the wet conditions, the Patriots closed the practice to the public. It was the only time since training camp began July 24 that a practice was closed due to weather.
"We had a bunch of these last year," Brady reminded reporters. "Really, for the most part, the weather has been great all camp [this year]. It’s good to get work in like this, certainly against a playoff-caliber team. It’s been a fun couple days.”