You’d be hard pressed to find much of a difference between the Tom Brady we saw for almost two quarters last night, and the quarterback we saw for so many years earlier this decade. The touch on a couple passes was slightly off, but other than that, he looked fully recovered from his knee injury. The Patriots won their preseason opener 27-25 over the Philadelphia Eagles, (who by the way, signed Michael Vick last night) down in Philly.
On Patriots Daily, Chris Warner gives us a few gut reactions to last night’s win.
Christopher L. Gasper says that it didn’t take Brady long to warm up the Patriots offense. Ian R. Rapoport has Brady and the Patriots taking a small step in a long journey. Shalise Manza Young has Brady happy to get his first game behind him. Hector Longo says Brady is back – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Bob Ryan says that the return of Brady means that expectations are once again sky-high for the Patriots. Jonathan Comey says that with Brady, the Patriots have a chance to repeat their 2007 season – but with a nicer ending. Karen Guregian says that based on last night, there should be no worries about Brady.
Bill Reynolds is critical of Brady, saying that the Patriots quarterback will only talk if he gets paid for it.
Chris Forsberg has Julian Edelman stealing the show last night. (Mike Reiss, right again.) Guregian has Edelman making a great first impression last night. Mike Reiss has Darius Butler learning on the fly about life in the NFL.
Christopher Price cranks out the 10 things that we learned last night. Jonathan Comey has his own version of 10 Things We Learned last night. Mark Farinella tells us who was hot and who was not last night. Erik Scalavino has the positives, negatives, and in-between results from last night. Longo lists out his Big Shows & No-Shows.
Gasper’s notebook has Ellis Hobbs focused more on impressing his current team than his former one. Rapoport’s notebook notes that Andrew Walter was the first QB off the bench last night. Young’s Patriots Journal has more on Edelman.
Chad Finn looks at day one of 98.5 The SportsHub. Christine McConville isn’t pleased that the station didn’t go with a full lineup yesterday. (Guess she doesn’t read BSMW – I said live programming would start at 1:00pm yesterday.)
Mark Murphy has Leon Powe speaking about his departure from Boston, and it is evident he has very mixed feelings about how things ended here. Peter Martin has more from Powe. Robert Lee says that the Celtics roster is just about set. Paul Flannery has a look at the NBA offseason.
I missed this Bob Lobel interview with Dan Guttenplan when it was originally posted.
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