FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Toward the end of Thursday’s practice, the Patriots’ offense was working on being backed up in its territory when cornerback Darrelle Revis delivered one of the notable plays of the day.
With the ball on the 2-yard line, quarterback Tom Brady dropped back into his end zone, was forced to hold the ball a bit longer than desired, and then attempted to fire a short pass over the middle to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.
The delivery was a bit behind Thompkins and Revis cut underneath him to haul it in and return it for the would-be touchdown, which produced a cheer from the crowd. Brady was visibly frustrated with the result, as it marked the third time in camp that Revis had picked him off. On Wednesday, one of the final plays in team drills saw cornerback Brandon Browner picking off Brady.
“They’re both great players. When you make a mistake, they make you pay,” Brady said after practice, when asked what it’s been like going against Revis and Browner.
“I think that’s the mark of a really good corner. As the quarterback, you’re always trying to find the weak link in the defense. Neither of those guys are weak links. Sometimes we have to go after them and try to see if we can make a play. But like I said, if you miss a little bit, they end up making the play. It’s great work for us and you understand what you’re up against.”
“When we review the film at night, there is one side that is getting praised and the other side that’s not. You want to be the one that gets praised all the time, but in situations like this, it always kind of balances out,” Brady said. “The defense makes a lot of good plays out there. We make our fair share. Hopefully when we play a different opponent, both of us are clicking.”