Light: Starters to 'fire it up' in finale

Some of the Patriots’ starters aren’t expected to play much, if at all, against the Giants in the preseason finale Thursday night. But count veteran offensive tackle Matt Light among those who hope the starters at least have a chance to put together a stronger start than last week against the Rams.

“Last week was last week, and we know it was a bad outing,” he said Tuesday night at the team’s Kickoff Gala. “The last thing you want to do is perform in front of your home crowd, who every now and then can get a little upset when you don’t make big plays. You don’t want to do that and go into the regular season with question marks about your offense, your defense, your special teams, and all that stuff.”

Light acknowledged that “this week is a good chance for us to get the young guys a lot of snaps; nobody is going to sit here and tell you the starters are going to go out there and play a lot.”

But at the same time, he said that doesn’t diminish the importance of the preseason finale and the team’s plans to “really start putting the wheels in motion for opening week.”

“We’re going to go out there and play,” Light said. “The starters will go out there and we’ll fire it up. To what extent, Bill [Belichick] will let us know. But hopefully we’ll go out there and start faster than we did a week ago.”