Tom Brady’s knee was just fine. His command of the offense was even better. The Patriots quarterback ransacked the Buccaneers defense for two series last night and looked nothing like the 36-year-old who was lying on his back and clutching his left knee just two days earlier. Almost immediately after suffering the minor knee injury in Wednesday’s practice Brady began preparing for the second preseason game. And almost immediately after he took the field the Bucs were on their heels. The Pats kept their foot on the accelerator after Brady departed too and finished off Tampa Bay 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. Brady completed 11-of-12 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in 23 snaps over two series and he also delivered a strike to tight end Zach Sudfeld for a two-point conversion. Brady left the game with an 8-0 lead and ran his preseason completion streak to 18 before his final throw hit the turf. Brady didn’t speak after the game and Bill Belichick brushed aside his first chance to answer a question about this week’s injury. “We’re so far past that” Belichick said. “We’re way beyond that.” Brady has been as sharp as a samurai sword this summer from the start of camp and into joint practices and preseason games against the Eagles and Buccaneers. He has completed 18-of-20 preseason passes for 174 yards and two scores and his one incompletion last week was thrown away into the turf because no one was open. Last night Brady completed 6-of-7 passes to Danny Amendola who did a Wes Welker impersonation as he skipped and scooted his way through the defense for 71 yards. Amendola also ran a crafty route to squeeze through the safeties before Brady found him for an effortless 26-yard touchdown toss. The play was emblematic of so many connections they’ve had during their run of 16 training camp practices. “Tom’s like a coach out there on the field” Amendola said. “He knows every intricacy of the offense he helps guys out a lot. He’s a leader.” Brady also found a familiar flame in Sudfeld the 6-foot-7 red-zone weapon who has been nearly unstoppable when the quarterback delivers a high pass. Brady who has done it time and again in practice hit Sudfeld in the back of the end zone on the two-point conversion that capped the night’s opening drive. Brady also completed two passes to running back Shane Vereen for 15 yards one pass to running back LeGarrette Blount for 12 yards one pass to wide receiver Josh Boyce for 5 yards and one pass to wideout Julian Edelman for 4 yards. Brady’s groove with Amendola was impressive and it showed their potential when they can exploit a mismatch over the middle of the field. They connected four times for 48 yards on the first drive and then hit on back-to-back plays for 23 yards on their second series.
No knee’d to panic: Brady sporting knee brace, carves up Bucs
Boston Herald | Aug 17