Brady nearly perfect for second straight game

Brady nearly perfect for second straight game
August 17, 2013, 1:00 am
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FOXBORO -- For the second straight preseason game, Tom Brady was nearly perfect.

Of course, once you see the word "preseason," the word "perfect" becomes somewhat meaningless.

But Brady's 11-of-12 passing for 107 yards and a touchdown on Friday night was enough to show that his knee was healthy, and enough to show that he is making strides with his new group of receivers.

Brady only played two possessions in New England's 25-21 win at Gillette Stadium. But in his first possession -- after the Patriots won the coin toss and elected to receive -- Brady led his offense down the field for a 15-play 80-yard scoring drive.

It was capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola up the middle.

"I just had a post route," said Amendola. "It was a double post for myself and Kenbrell [Thompkins] on the outside. And they just played a coverage where they kind of let me go. So, it was good to get it in."

Amendola toasted all Tampa defenders and Brady found him with a perfect pass to put New England up 6-0 early. It marked Brady's second touchdown of the preseason. He's now 18-of-20 for 172 yards with two TD's in two preseason games this year.

"He works really hard and he gets the job done a lot of the time," said Amendola. "That's why he's so good. We've got a lot of fresh faces here in our receiving room, and we're just all trying to get on the same page."

Brady wasn't exactly done just yet. Because the Patriots decided to go for the two-point conversion, proving that they truly are trying to take advantage of every situational opportunity in the preseason.

The two-point conversion was good, as Brady found tight end Zach Sudfeld in the back-right corner of the end zone, giving the pats an early 8-0 lead.

"It was good coverage for the play, and it was a great throw," said Sudfeld. "And just probably a better throw than anything else."

Brady didn't speak to the media after the game. Instead, his receivers got to describe what they've seen in Brady so far.

"Tom's like a coach out there on the field," said Amendola. "He knows every intricacy of the offense, and he helps the young guys out a lot. He's a leader."