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Perry: Garoppolo's accountability a winning sign in losing effort

Perry: Garoppolo's accountability a winning sign in losing effort

HOUSTON -- If Jimmy Garoppolo is destined to be a starting quarterback down the line, he showed one quality after the game that would seem to indicate he's just about ready.

He was accountable.

The strip-sack that nearly decapitated him and gave the Texans possession? On him.

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"The o-line did a great job tonight," Garoppolo said. "The sack-fumble was my fault. Can't let that happen . . . I'm the quarterback. It's just -- it's my fault."

His pick in the fourth quarter, a strange throw on the run that was out of reach for tight end Jacob Hollister? Well, yeah, no one else to blame there.

"You just gotta throw it away," he said. "Put more on it. Don't even give the guy a chance to do that."

It wasn't all ugliness in preseason game No. 2 for Tom Brady's backup. He hit DJ Foster on a quick toss over the middle that turned into a 25-yard touchdown. He climbed the pocket and drilled Austin Carr for a first down in the third quarter that started a streak of six straight completions, ending with Foster's score. He established chemistry with tight end James O'Shaughnessy, who had to sit during last week's game with the Jags. And he did it all behind the likes of Cam Fleming, Cole Croston, Jamil Douglas and James Ferentz.

One of Garoppolo's best plays of the night actually came on a sack. But instead of taking a vicious blow -- like the one he absorbed on the strip-sack -- he got on the ground just as the Texans were bearing down on him. He lived to see the next down, using an on-the-field awareness that may be tough to sharpen during practices when quarterbacks wear red jerseys and aren't allowed to be touched.

No, the final line wasn't sparkling, as it was a week ago. Garoppolo was 15-for-23 for 145 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He missed throws to O'Shaughnessy, Carr and Dion Lewis. He was nearly picked on a Brandon Bolden wheel route.

But the accountability Garoppolo showed after the fact is the kind of thing that doesn't go unnoticed by teammates, and it's one of the reasons he'll already have them won over if he ever gets another chance to start.

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Belichick wears VI Rings sweatshirt to press conference

Belichick wears VI Rings sweatshirt to press conference

Bill Belichick doesn’t take his fashion particularly seriously when the games do count, so it’s understandable that he treated the postgame of Saturday’s preseason game like a painting class. 

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Belichick sported a “VI Rings” sweatshirt, which is the old name of his boat. Belichick has of course won seven Super Bowl rings between the Patriots and the Giants. 

Belichick updated the boat following the Pats’ Super Bowl LI victory, relegating any VI paraphernalia to preseason wear. 

Flowers sits out preseason game with Texans, says he feels healthy

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Flowers sits out preseason game with Texans, says he feels healthy

HOUSTON -- Trey Flowers did not play in Saturday night's game against the Texans despite feeling fine physically, he said after the game, indicating it was a coach's decision to keep him sidelined.

Flowers is the top defensive end on the Patriots roster, and it would make sense that the team would want to keep him fresh for the long haul given where they are in terms of their numbers at that position. Rookies Derek Rivers (knee) and Deatrich Wise (head) are both dealing with injuries. Linebacker Shea McClellin, who has the ability to play on the edge, has missed about two weeks of work with an undisclosed ailment. 

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Flowers appeared to finish both joint practices against the Texans at the Greenbrier in West Virginia without incident. 

Patriots defensive lineman Geneo Grissom was also held out of New England's second preseason game, though it's unclear as to why. Among those seeing time on the edge against the Texans were Kony Ealy, Caleb Kidder, Harvey Langi and Kyle Van Noy.