FOXBORO -- In just three days the Patriots leave for Philadelphia. The team will practice with the Eagles twice before its preseason opener on August 9.
The clock is ticking louder on quarterback Tom Brady and the offense.
"There's a lot of moving parts right now," Brady noted. "The tempo's important, the personnel is important, getting the formations right, running the right play, using the right technique. All those things are little things that become big things.
"We're trying to correct as many mistakes as we can."
New England installed the all-important situational football this week: Red area, third-down, goal line, the two-minute offense.
"Some looked good. Some…" Brady paused with a sheepish grin, "hasn't looked so good. We've just got to keep working at it."
Work they will. Brady has several young receivers -- seven with two or fewer years of NFL experience -- to try and get in shape. Those who think the future Hall of Famer should be able to connect with any pass catcher are only considering half the equation.
"It's not really a slow-paced offense; you need to think fast, you've got to communicate well, everyone's got to be on the same page. It's hard to slow down something for one person. The train's moving at this point.
"It takes really smart football players to be in this system," he continued. "Guys that have done it well have been smart players: They adjust quickly and football's important [to them]. They go home and they study and work at it. That's what it's all about here."
It's not that he's entirely unforgiving. Brady may chase perfection, but more so for the hunt's all-out effort than the expectation that the Patriots will actually reach it.
"We're all going to make mistakes; I make them, the young players make them, everyone makes them," he said with an easy laugh. "The Jets are going to make them, the Dolphins are going to make them. Everyone's going to make mistakes. It's just a matter of how critical those mistakes end up being."
At this stage, they could keep a receiver from even glimpsing the 53-man roster.