Brady’s knee not a problem
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
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola ( left) and QB Tom Brady celebrate a TD reception against the Bucs on Friday.