By Tom E. CurranTAMPA - Marcus Cannon has gotten his share of heat for the heat he's allowed on quarterbacks this preseason. Friday night, he had another "moment."Early in the first quarter, on second down from the Patriots' 15, Cannon gave a push to defensive end Michael Bennett as Bennett chugged around the corner. He needed to stay on that block instead of turning Bennett loose because within two seconds, Bennett was drilling Tom Brady and the ball was loose. "It just was holding onto the ball too long," Brady said. "Brandon (Lloyd) was starting to work away from the coverage and they just got me as I was throwing the ball. I have to try to eliminate those and try to eliminate turnovers, they certainly kill us. Those just arent very good plays." The turnover came on the succeeding play when Brady's throw intended for Rob Gronkowski was tipped into the arms of Mark Barron who brought it back for a score. Brady expressed confidence in his line, despite that heat and another sack he took when Stevan Ridley failed in blitz pickup. Ridley took the heat for the missed pickup.
"I think the point is that we have to do things a lot better," said Brady. "Its every position. Its every player. We all have to do a better job at our job," he said. "If we all individually do that, collectively well be better at it. Hopefully we can put together a good week and go down to the Giants and play a good game (Wednesday) and get us prepared for our opener.
Brady isn't worried about the punishment. Its a physical sport and your body calluses up over the course of the preseason, and thats why you train all offseason," he said. "You get hit and you have to wake up and get back at it the next day.A few less hits, a few more yards would probably be preferable, though.