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Tom Brady gets last chance for extended work before regular season

Tom Brady has been on the field for only 16 snaps, converting one first down in five possessions, this preseason. Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports

CHARLOTTE -- The New England Patriots visit the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET) in preseason action:

Why watch: The way the schedule breaks, this projects as the final time for quarterback Tom Brady to get extended action before the regular season. With the Patriots playing their preseason finale Sept. 3 against the Giants, just seven days before the NFL opener Sept. 10, it's hard to imagine he'd be part of any plan that night. So this is it and what we've seen to this point hasn't been to his satisfaction -- 16 snaps, five drives, four three-and-outs and one first down. It obviously hasn't been all his fault -- tight end Michael Hoomanawanui couldn't come up with one catch that would have moved the chains, there were negative running plays on first down on two drives last week that got the offense off schedule, and there's been no Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell or Scott Chandler to throw to. The expectation is a heavy dose of Brady tonight, which in and of itself, is a top reason to watch.

Did you know: Since Aug. 1, the Patriots have made 37 transactions. Talk about churning the roster. Of those transactions, three have been trades, two players have been claimed on waivers and three have landed on injured reserve. The most notable transaction just went down Tuesday with the signing of 15-year veteran Reggie Wayne, who could make his Patriots debut tonight. Wayne is in line to become just the sixth player to catch passes from both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, joining Austin Collie, Dan Klecko, Jermaine Wiggins, Torrance Small and Wes Welker.