Brady’s knee not a prob­lem

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FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — Tom “As it re­lates to Steve specif­i­cally, Brady qui­eted con­cerns about I think he’s had a good camp,” he his knee and the Pa­tri­ots deadded. “He’s worked hard and he’s fence got four sacks in a pre­sea­son in good con­di­tion. He’s kicked the game on Fri­day night. Now about ball well and hit the ball very solidly those penal­ties. and con­sis­tently. I’m con­fi­dent that

“We have to tighten that up,” he’s one of the best kick­ers in the New Eng­land coach Belichick said league.” Satur­day on a con­fer­ence call with An­other con­cern, al­though un­adreporters, a day af­ter New Eng­land dressed by Belichick, was the poor was flagged 10 times. “In the end it play of third- string quar­ter­back Tim ended up be­ing a very com­pet­i­tive Te­bow, who is fight­ing just to make game.” the 53- man ros­ter.

Af­ter leav­ing prac­tice ear­lier Te­bow com­pleted one of seven in the week with an in­jured knee, passes for mi­nus- 1 yards and rushed Brady put to rest any lin­ger­ing con­six times for 30 yards. He also threw cerns about his health, com­plet­ing an in­ter­cep­tion that sailed well over his first 11 passes of the game and the head of in­tended tar­get Ken­brell fin­ish­ing with just one in­com­ple­tion Thomp­kins. and a touch­down in the 25- 21 win for “I worry about what I can con­trol, New Eng­land. not lis­ten­ing to out­side in­flu­ences,”

Rookie cor­ner­back Lo­gan Ryan he said. “It’s my at­ti­tude and my efre­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 53 yards fort and get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day and for a touch­down. just stay­ing fo­cused.”

Af­ter con­vert­ing on 29 of 35 field A cou­ple of rook­ies cer­tainly stood goal at­tempts last out. year, the eightyear vet­eran is just 2 of 5 through Ryan, drafted in the third round two pre­sea­son games, in­clud­ing a this year, stepped in front of a pass missed 50- yarder that hit the up­right from Mike Glen­non and walked Fri­day. un­touched into the end zone mid­way

“I think our over­all field goal through the third quar­ter. One of op­er­a­tion needs to be bet­ter, and three play­ers drafted by New Enghe’s a part of that, but so is the land this year out of Rut­gers, and snap­per and so is the holder,” nine over­all on the ros­ter, Ryan even Belichick said. “We’ve had three im­pressed Belichick. dif­fer­ent snap­pers and two dif“I think he’s im­proved in a lot of fer­ent hold­ers in camp and in the ar­eas,” he said. “His tech­nique, his pre­sea­son games. recog­ni­tion, and of course in the sec­ondary, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is such a big part of the game. No mat­ter who you’re play­ing for or what you’re play­ing, be­ing able to com­mu­ni­cate with your team­mates back there in the sec­ondary - there’s not much mar­gin for er­ror.

“He’s worked hard, he’s been durable, he’s been out there and got­ten a lot of snaps and he con­tin­ues to im­prove with those rep­e­ti­tions, so he’s def­i­nitely mak­ing progress.”

Tight end Zach Sud­feld’s per­for­mance also went a long way to­ward so­lid­i­fy­ing his spot on the team. With Rob Gronkowski side­lined in­def­i­nitely and Aaron Her­nan­dez jailed on a mur­der charge, the rookie from Ne­vada caught two passes for 32 yards, in­clud­ing a 22- yard touch­down pass from Ryan Mal­lett that he jug­gled be­fore haul­ing in while div­ing to the ground be­tween a pair of Tampa Bay de­fend­ers. Sud­feld also caught a two- point con­ver­sion pass from Brady fol­low­ing a touch­down on the open­ing drive.

“It’s been such a great ex­pe­ri­ence. The game to­day was pretty in­cred­i­ble,” Sud­feld said. “I am a rookie and have a long way to go and a lot to learn and a lot to im­prove on, but so far it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

MICHAEL DWYER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pa­tri­ots wide re­ceiver Danny Amen­dola ( left) and QB Tom Brady cel­e­brate a TD re­cep­tion against the Bucs on Fri­day.

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