On the flip side, New Orleans’ Drew Brees was equally effective. He split his time with backup Chase Daniel but was still able to find the end zone three times in just six attempts, finding slot man Lance Moore (with
Brees liked the idea of going against a different defense during the two days of work.
“It’s different in scheme than what our defense does and what we’ve been going up against here for the last two weeks,” he said. “So, as you look at it just from personnel matchups and how you want to scheme them and that kind of thing, there’s just some extra thought and effort that goes into that.”
Brees also spent some time discussing Brady, a player he’s known going back to their college days playing against each other at Purdue and Michigan, respectively.
“I’ve got a great relationship with Tom and really so much of it throughout our – I mean, we're similar in age, he’s only a year older than me – a lot of it’s just been for me watching from afar,” Brees said. “Of course, there’s those times we’ll see each other in the offseason, we’ll talk, we’ll text message here and there. But really it’s just kind of admiring from afar.
“For me, I know during the offseason, when I’m looking for things that I want to get better at, maybe trying to introduce new concepts in our offense or just thinking about that next season, I very often turn on the tape of other quarterbacks in the league to watch what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and Tom has certainly always been one of those guys that I’ve watched.”
Who’s No. 2?
“It makes you stick to your rules,” Hoyer said of the work against the Saints. “After you see the same thing over and over and over again, you kind of know where to go right away, so now when a new scheme comes in it really tests what you know and how you know the system. You have to stick to your rules and take what the defense gives you.”
Hoyer figures to see plenty of action against New Orleans in the preseason opener and will try to maintain that mindset under game conditions.
“I”m taking the same approach I had for the last three years,” Hoyer said. “For me I know this is a guaranteed opportunity and I’m going to get a chance to play, so just trying to take what I’ve done from the meeting room to the practice field and out to the game when the live bullets are flying. You want to prepare for a perfect game but it doesn’t always end up that way, so just go out there and try to do the best I can and get the team going when I’m in there and go from there.”
Three of the game’s most gifted tight ends were on the field the past couple of days with Rob Gronkowski and
Hernandez diplomatically dodged that one, finishing with a Belichick-like “it is what it is,” but he did offer some comparisons of the three.
“We’re different players and we do different things,” Hernandez began. “Him and Gronk are similar in their playing type and I have a different type of way I approach the defenders and approach the game. But I think we all have different qualities that are very good.”
It was somewhat surprising to hear Hernandez, who is considered more of an athletic, receiver type tight end, compare Gronkowski and Graham, who appears to have more similarities to him. But the former Florida Gator felt the difference in physicality is what separates them.
“I approach it with speed and quickness, and [Gronkowski] approaches it with just being big and physical,” Hernandez said.
On the line
The offensive line continues its revolving door. On Wednesday, in stepped rookie tackle
One player who just returned from injury, third-year man
“Feels good to get back. That was my goal, to get as healthy as possible,” McDonald said after Wednesday’s workout with the Saints. “We just have to do what the coaches say. Every guy has to know multiple positions.”
“Whoever’s in there, it’s our job to protect the quarterback… so, whoever’s in there, we’re going to do our best to make sure he’s standing upright,” he said.
Sell: Dont’a Hightower – Before we start, please do no panic. Hightower is and will be just fine. But like pretty much every other player in the league, he did not fare well the past two days trying to cover New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham. The Saints tight end nearly equaled Rob Gronkowski’s yardage output a year ago and watching him makes it easy to see why. The man’s immensely talented, and despite Hightower’s best efforts, Graham was able to make a touchdown catch down the seam.
Play of the day – Wide receiver
There were a couple of small changes in terms of attendance as rookie
In addition to Waldron and Warren, the Patriots were without
After taking on the Saints in the preseason opener on Thursday, the team will not practice on Friday or Saturday. The schedule beyond that has yet to be announced.