Rain-soaked Brady ready to ramp things up

Rain-soaked Brady ready to ramp things up
August 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
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FOXBORO – Flood warnings throughout the region?

Bring it on, said Tom Brady.

His red practice jersey soaked through, the Patriots quarterback walked off the field on Wednesday smiling.

“We have about five games a year like this anyway, so it’s good to do it now,” Brady told me. “It was kind of a New England-type day. We had a bunch of these last year, and really for the most part the weather has been great all camp. It’s good to get work in like this. Certainly against a playoff-caliber team it’s always good. It’s been a good couple days.”

A week after shredding the Redskins during joint practices in Richmond, Brady and the Patriots offense seemed to face a much stiffer challenge from Philly.  

“It’s just good to go up against really good competition,” said Brady. “I think that’s what it’s been. I think competition has been at its best, and I think it brings out the best in all of us. Those guys are competing hard, and so are we. We’ve made our fair share of plays. I think we’ve made plenty of mistakes to learn from. I think the whole goal is to come out here and get better and see where we’re at, measure yourself against another opponent, then we’ve got a day tomorrow with a little bit of time with them, and then we’re at it Friday night.”

The weather certainly impacted both quarterbacks on Wednesday. It was noteworthy that, late in practice, Bill Belichick got with the Patriots first offense before a two-minute drill and implored them to execute.

A completion to Julian Edelman, a clock-stopping spike and a touchdown pass to Edelman quickly followed.

“I think it was poor execution on the drive before,” Brady replied when asked what Belichick said before that drive. “We just couldn’t get much out of it. We had another opportunity, which usually doesn’t happen in the NFL. You usually don’t get a second chance, but in practice you do, and we went out and did a better job.”

That chance to bone up on stuff that didn’t look pretty is what these joint practices bring.  

“In a preseason game, I don’t get as many reps, so certainly a lot of situational stuff we did today is so valuable because even though you know, it’s great to review and great to go over and to remind yourself, so when the games actually count you feel like you’re a little bit ahead,” Brady explained. “We’ve just got to keep it going. I think we just try to, ‘Keep stringing them together,’ as coach always says.

Brady said he’s gotten no indication how much he’ll play Friday night when the two teams play.

“As much as coach lets me,” he shrugged. “He makes those decisions. I’ll be ready to play for as long as he wants me to. That’s very valuable playing experience for me, too. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been doing it, you’ve got to get out there and play under game situations and get your body going at the level that it needs to be at.”

The daily execution is something the quarterback always has in mind.

“(Plays) add up if you’re doing them poorly, and they add up if you’re doing them well,” he pointed out. “When we do things as well, when we don’t make unforced errors, when we control what the New England Patriots can control, we can be a pretty good team. We just can’t do things really that are unforced errors, things that the other team doesn’t have to do anything to stop us, but we stop ourselves.