Brady understands big week for many teammates

Brady understands big week for many teammates
August 27, 2013, 8:15 pm
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FOXBORO – It’s looking pretty good for Tom Brady to make the Patriots final roster.
 
But the future Hall of Famer isn’t blind to the fact that many in his locker room are on pins and needles this week, hoping to survive the cut down to 53 which comes Saturday at 6 p.m.
 
“It’s the final chance to make your impressions,” Brady said Tuesday when asked if he can sense the apprehension. “It’s a competitive business. You develop a relationship with guys for three or four months and then a lot of these guys are fighting for their jobs.”
 
Thankful that he isn’t the one who has to give the thumbs-up or thumbs-down to players he’s grown close to?
 
“Especially guys you enjoy working with and are putting everything into it,” said Brady. “I learned a long time ago when Lawyer (Milloy) got cut (in September of 2003), I mean, that was an eye-opening experience.”
 
Bill Belichick keeps his players in the dark about how much they’ll be used in preseason, preferring everyone to practice with the expectation of playing. Brady said he covets every chance to get on the field.
 
“We've got a lot of different guys, different faces, especially at the skill positions that have to be a big part of our offense this year, so the more time we can get under game conditions (the better),” Brady said. “We're on the clock, there's play clocks, there's game clocks, different substitution packages, stuff like that. There's a lot to do. Like you said, in 10 days we play a real game, so this is a final chance to really see where we're at."

Chances are Brady won’t see the field Thursday against the Giants in the final preseason game. But he’s readying himself just in case.
 
"I think you have to go out there and always be prepared, whatever [Belichick] wants to do, for however long he wants to play us, that's what we're going to do,” he pointed out. “We're ready to go."