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Bill Belichick works contingency plans on coaching staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some leftovers from Thursday night's preseason finale, in which the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants, 12-9:

1. Bill Belichick used the game as an opportunity to consider contingency plans on the coaching staff, with tight ends coach Brian Daboll calling the offense in place of coordinator Josh McDaniels and linebackers coach Patrick Graham calling the defense in place of coordinator Matt Patricia. Belichick was pleased with how it unfolded. "I thought it was good; the players were well prepared and had a good understanding of what to do," he said. "I don't think that was a problem."

2. Veteran receiver Reggie Wayne is feeling more comfortable but views himself as being behind the 8-ball. "I'm still trying to find my swag," he said. "But I'm starting to catch on." When asked if he feels like he'll be up to speed on Sept. 10 in the season opener, Wayne said, "I don't have a choice. It's going to be here regardless if I'm ready or not."

3. Belichick has structured the upcoming week so the team has an extra practice leading into the season opener. Saturday will be the official first practice of the week (similar to a traditional Wednesday), and then the team will have practices on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as well, with a walkthrough Wednesday. Quarterback Tom Brady will address the media on one of those days.

4. A total of 34 players didn't play for the Patriots. Belichick explained on his pre-game interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he treated it as a "split squad" situation with one group focused on the season-opener and the other group on the preseason finale.

5. Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Tom Brady's suspension being overturned: "I’m not touching that. I don’t have anything to do with that and that’s just the way it is."