Just caught up with Patriots 50th anniversary team member Troy Brown, who shared thoughts on the Patriots' 25-24 win over the Bills on Monday night.
Brown is partnering with Tom Brady and smartwater on "smartwater zero sack give back" that benefits Boston Centers for Youth & Families. For each game that Brady goes un-sacked, the initiative contributes $5,000 to BCYF.
Brown was asked about four key points for the Patriots:
Why they regularly thrive in the 2-minute offense. "I know for a fact that there is no other team more prepared for that situation than they are. I think back to the Rams game [in 2004] when we had a fake field goal that Adam [Vinatieri] threw to me. We probably had practiced that play for 4-5 years, and never ran it in the game. Then it came up and we got it right. You never know when you're going to call it. I just think the Patriots are better prepared for those situations."
Should there be concern with how much Tom Brady is getting hit. "He's throwing the ball 53 times so he's going to get hit. He's playing football. You hate to see him get hit, especially coming back from an injury, but that's going to happen. He's a tough guy. He bounces right back up and stands back in the pocket the next time. I think they'll get better as the season goes on. Other than the screen pass for the interception, I don't think he was forced into any bad throws."
Thoughts on Joey Galloway's quiet night (60 snaps, 0 catches). "When you're on the field with Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Ben Watson, Chris Baker, Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney ... he just needs to stay patient. His time will come. They're going to have to call his number sooner or later. You just have to be ready for when it comes around."
How comfortable did Tom Brady look? "I think he looks pretty sharp, especially late in the game. I thought the whole team looked a little bit rusty into the third quarter. I just feel like the more he plays & he was out of football for a long time. To come back and be right on point with all your passes is tough. For the most part, I thought he looked great."
EXTRA POINT: Patriots coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to hold a 5:45 p.m. conference call, followed by Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio at 6 p.m.
Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter here.
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