Volin: 'Brady was on fire, connecting with all of his receivers'

Volin: 'Brady was on fire, connecting with all of his receivers'
August 6, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Though it is still preseason, the Patriots have been looking sharp, most notably when No. 12 is under center.

Tom Brady had an "unbelievable" practice on Tuesday, Boston Globe's Ben Volin said on "UNO Sports Tonight" with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh.

"I know it was just practice, but he was on fire, connecting with all of his receivers," Volin said. "I thought the offense really had an excellent day, and of course it starts with No. 12."

Brady has had to make use of several new additions to his offense, but his receiving corps has been very good so far. Danny Amendola, who is expected to replace Wes Welker, impressed.

"Danny Amendola just has a knack for getting open," Volin said. "He's not just a slot guy. He can play on the outside. He can play all the different positions, run the entire route tree. Clearly, he's most effective working the middle of the field and the underneath stuff."

Two rookies have made the most of their time: wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and tight end Zach Sudfeld.

Thompkins, a 6-foot rookie who went to Cincinnati, caught 34 passes for 541 yards and two touchdowns in his senior season at school, and has developed a good relationship with Brady during camp.

"Him and Tom Brady already have a great connection," Volin said. "For an undrafted rookie, this kid is really impressing so far."

Sudfeld, meanwhile, has seen increased time with the injuries to Jake Ballard and Rob Gronkowski. Though he has suffered several injuries in the past, Volin said if he doesn't get hurt, he can be a key player for the Patriots this season.

"Really good athlete, great hands in the red zone, he's a really good blocker too," Volin said. "If he can stay healthy, this kid's a player. At this point in training camp, he's working exclusively with the starting unit. I think he's clearly the No. 2 tight end after Daniel Fells."