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Patriots hope to continue progress

Updated: August 18, 2011, 11:06 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick called this a "big week" for his team, the chance to build off an impressive preseason-opening victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

To this point, Belichick has been pleased with the way his players responded. He had them in full pads Saturday, Sunday and Monday, creating some training camp grind-it-out type stress as another layer of the team's system was added.

Now comes Thursday night's second preseason game against the Tampa Bay ...

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