Five takeaways from the Patriots' 10-3 exhibition on the Panthers, a victory that was not as clean or crisp as this preseason, but featured on an injury-free appearance from Tom Brady …  BRADY IN SYNC WITH DORSETT, BUT NOT MEYERS
Brady saw action in the Patriots' third preseason game. He helmed New England's first three series, attempting 12 passes and completing eight of them for a total of 75 yards. He ran for three yards, briefly thrusting the region's collective hearts into their throats as he dived for the mark to convert a third down.
There's no reason for Brady to play in the fourth preseason game – unless the coachee identifies a need for more game reps with his receivers, given how different the Pats' personnel Jakobi Meyers on Thursday.
Of Brady's four incompletions, one was to end Benjamin Watson. The other three were thrown to Meyers, whose three goals made him really look like a rookie for the first time in this exhibition season. Brady attempted a deep throw in Meyer's direction, but the ball landed 1
from Sony Michel – who looked great for much of his 10-Carrying Came – and who did not give it a go. By comparison, Phillip Dorsett caught the point that the quarterbacks trusts the guy who's been around for a couple of years more than the guy looking to make the club for the first time. 19659005] Julian Edelman dressed against the Panthers and should be back soon. So might Josh Gordon, and possibly Demaryius Thomas. Dorsett's seven grabs Thursday help his cause in securing a roster spot.
GOSTKOWSKI MISSES, AGAIN, WITH BAILEY HOLDING
Jake Bailey's Booming kicks have been rewarded with a fifth-round selection in April's draft, then to supplant Ryan Allen as the Pats punter. But there's a burgeoning concern about Bailey replacing the other role Allen has played for the Pats in recent seasons. Stephen Gostkowski's field goal tries.
Gostkowski missed a 43-yard field goal try on Thursday, failing to convert a three-pointer for the third consecutive game. On the first, Allen was the holder – but Bailey has been on the two since then. Gostkowski's right foot. Gostkowski's right foot. Gostkowski's right foot.
Bailey and Gostkowski redeemed themselves for a fourth-quarter chip shot that went smoothly off, and the pair also successfully executed an extra point in the first half.
Pats wants to keep two quarterbacks or three.
After Stidham came in for Brady on Thursday, and there are questions about whether or not the Pats wants to keep two quarterbacks or three. It's worth noting, and Brian Hoyer has some limited experience in Cleveland. Brady, perhaps Hoyer sticks to insure both areas.
LOADED ROTATIONS IN THE FRONT SEVEN
It was not just Brady who saw action for the first time this preseason – and not only the first team defense on the field is put into focus talent fresh.
Belichick and his staff are frequently and heavily reduced along the defensive line and even at the linebacker level while the primary unit is on the field against the Panthers, shuffling both rookies and veterans into and out while shifting players around with regularity.
Rookie Chase Winovich launches on the edge, while fellow first-year lineman Byron Cowart blew up on the opening series for a second straight week. At the other end of the spectrum, Michael Bennett made his Patriots debut and had a sack. Kyle Van Noy So Crushed Cam Newton By Burning His Blocker Around The Corner And Adam Butler Making A Statement By Crashing The Quarterback From Up The Middle.
At one juncture, on the third and third, New England showed a four-man line in which Winovich and Bennett were the ends, with Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins typical linebacker standing up between them. Elandon Roberts, Ja'Whaun Bentley, Danny Shelton, and Deatrich Wise Jr. were all in the mix, as well.
Wise was silent out there in the third quarter, as did Cowart and veteran nose tackle Mike Pennel. Signed away from the Jets this spring, it was the second game in a row that Pennel saw action with what appeared to be the Pats' third-team defense, which may suggest he is fighting for a job.
CHUNG SITUATION IMPACTS BROOKS, MAYBE HARMON
It should be remembered that the news of Patrick Chung is charged with Cocaine possession in New Hampshire broke Thursday, his indictment for a June incident came on August 8. That means it happened before the Patriots second preseason game when Chung was in uniform, on the sideline, and seemingly acting almost as a player- coach.
Thus, at least during the legal process plays out, Chung's situation does not even change to his physical condition. Terrible Brooks has been in Chung's in-the-box for some time. He has been in a non-contact jersey of late and has not played in the preseason
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Duron Harmon could have been a surprise cut contender. Harmon was the odd-man out in the Pats Super Bowl last month, then start each of the first two preseason games this summer. New England could save more than $ 2 million in salary cap if they opt to keep Duke Dawson or slide Jonathan Jones to safety and cut Harmon – though he is a leader, a respected veteran, and if he or she is likely to be disciplined
To his credit, Harmon also made a nice open-field stick to get New England's defense on the first series Thursday night.
INJURIES MOUNT, BUT SEEM SURVIVABLE
19659002] The Pats had escaped.
The Pats had escaped N'Keal Harry this season – but there were some scares in Game 3. Van Noy on the ground for a bit with an appa rent a lot after sacking Newbie in the first quarterback, but he did not get it back -up to the crowd as he ambled towards the locker room under his own power. Rookie running back
Brandon King, the special teams. He needed to be carted off the field after being in the middle of the turf by a dozen teammates. Nate Ebner or Brandon Bolden sticking come September.