Right now, though, the Pro Bowl cornerback is giving problems to Patriots quarterback
Afterwards, Brady talked about having to face his team’s offseason cornerback additions – Revis and
“They’re both great players, so when you make a mistake, they make you pay, and I think that’s the mark of a really good corner,” Brady said. “As a quarterback, you’re always trying to find the weak link in the defense, and neither of those guys are weak links. Sometimes, we’ve got to go after them, [and] we’ve got to try to see if we can make a play. But like I said, if you miss a little bit, they end making the play. It’s great work for us, and you understand what you’re up against.”
It was the second day in a row that the physical, emotional defensive was the story of the workout. Brady acknowledged that his defensive counterparts have been fueling spirited workouts over the last couple days.
“Yeah, there are a lot of competitions out there, so every drill, a coach pits the offense against the defense, and when we review the film at night there’s one side that’s getting praise and the other side is getting the opposite,” Brady summarized. “You want to be the one who gets praised all the time, but in situations like this, it all kind of balances out. The defense makes a lot of good plays out there and we make our fair share. Hopefully when we play a different opponent, both of us are clicking the way we need to.”
“It’s a joy to be back on the field with my teammates,” Slater said. “Real thankful to be back out there and back to football and having fun again.”
Slater, like most injured guys, said it’s not fun to have to watch his teammates practice without him.
“It was very tough. Very frustrating,” Slater said. “Lot of emotions that come along with that. I just thank God to bringing me to this point and allowing me to get on the field today.
“I got a lot of ground to make up to get even with the other guys.”
The White stuff
Rookie fourth-round running back
Of course getting noticed by fans and media for his practice work is one thing. Impressing Brady is another.
“He’s done a great job since he’s got here. He’s got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college,” Brady raved of White. “He’s made a lot of really great plays out here. We’re all trying to work to get better, and we’re all trying to make improvements. We can all do it. The young players need to come out here and keep working hard, and he’s one of those guys who has been out here every day so he’s been able to do that. He’s been able to make a mistake, get the correction, come out again and not make the mistake the next day, so it’s been great.”
The Patriots will hold a night practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday night, a ticketed event for season ticket members. The players will then be off on Saturday and the team will travel to Washington on Sunday in advance of joint practices with the Redskins that begin on Monday and lead up to next Thursday night’s preseason opener.
With five days of pounding against themselves in pads, the Patriots are clearly ready to get to work against another color next week.
“I know the guys are looking forward to getting a chance to go down there and compete,” Slater said. “When you work in those type of settings usually they are very beneficial. It will be good for our team to get a look against some really good competition, what should be a well-coached, young explosive football team. We look forward to that opportunity.”
Love for Law
Revis isn’t the first elite cornerback that Brady has had to deal with on the practice field. Ty Law used to make life tough on No. 12 back in the day and the quarterback had some high praise for his former teammate on the eve of Law’s induction into the Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon.
“It’s really cool how the Hall of Fame has evolved over the last few years, and some really great players have been in there,” Brady said. “And Ty is one of the best that I’ve ever played against. He had a great, unique play style, and he’s another guy who really made quarterbacks pay. He was really a playmaker, and I had a lot of experience going up against him when I was younger, and he made a lot of plays for us in big games. It’s cool to see him go in. He’s been around quite a bit, so I’ve always kept in touch with him, and it’ll be really cool to see on Friday night.”
Buy – Darrelle Revis: The veteran cornerback has lived up to his resume and reputation in his first week of practice in New England. His pick-six on Thursday was just one of his handful of interceptions in practice this week. He’s shut down receivers with regularity, including Julian Edelman. Revis is living up to the hype.
Play of the Day:
A total of 10 players missed the practice. That included