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Tom Brady anxious to get more snaps vs. Lions this week

August 23, 2017

FOXBORO - Tom Brady is ready to reclaim command of the Patriots offense.

Brady expects to play an extended stretch with first offense when the Patriots visit the Detroit Lions on Friday night in their third preseason time.

Brady was content to allow the battle of the backups play out between Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in most of the Patriots’ first two preseason contests, losses to Jacksonville and Houston. Brady now wants a bigger piece of the action.

“For me it is just feeling the rhythm of the game and it is different than practice,” said Brady Wednesday.

“The rhythm of practice is very different and the only way to simulate the game is to play. I can draw on a lot of experience but it is nice to get out there and actually do it. I was fun being out there last week and it will obviously be fun being out there this week.”

Brady didn’t disclose how many snaps he will take against the Lions but said he needs the work. The quarterback cited a list of deficiencies that require rectification before the Patriots season opener against the Chiefs on Sept. 7.

The third game of the preseason is considered the dress rehearsal for the opener and Brady wants some quality playing time to get lined up with the guys who will share the huddle against the Chiefs.

“There are a lot of guys based on the position we are in fighting for spots and fighting for roles and guys that don’t know how to fit,” said Brady.

“But at the same time the season is right around the corner. You’ve really got to focus in.

“It’s like working hard after practice on things that have come into really clear view. You (have) the things you are good at and the things you are not good at. Now is the time to put emphasis on the things you have not been solid at over the course of a lot of practices and meetings.”

Brady participated in the Patriots opening two drives against the Texans on Saturday and the results were positive. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 67 yards that included a 22-yard touchdown pass to newly acquired tailback Rex Burkhead that tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter. Burkhead had three receptions for 50 yards on the scoring drive.

“The snaps you are taking with new players is really important and it was nice to get Rex a touchdown pass, and just for him to feel what it’s like for all us to look at another guy’s eyes in the huddle during the course of a game and saying, ‘Look, this is where we’re at. This is football. This is exactly what we’re going to be doing when the season kicks off.’”