We’ve got a wide range of topics this week in the bag. From the sound of it, fans don’t like hearing about any change in the Tom Brady Story they’ve come to know and love. Some others don’t want to believe he’s hurt.



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The easy thing to say about the Patriots’ preseason play is that it’s not what we’re looking for.

But there’s a big problem with that:

We have no idea what Bill Belichick was looking for.



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Two weeks and two killer mailbags. Nice job, folks.

Between the web and the radio, two topics dominated this week: The Pats backup quarterback situation and J.D. Drew’s fragility.



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It was nearly the defining moment of a preseason from hell. Bill Belichick and the Patriots trying to do a good deed, only to have it almost blow up in their face.
  



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Great job this week on the responses. One thing, though: Some of you were actually kind of nice. What’s up with that? Hopefully we’ve dispensed with the pleasantries and can get back to straight vitriol.



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There are only three absolutes in life: Death, taxes and the Patriots sucking in Tampa Bay in the preseason.
  



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So this is what my mother's basement looks like. Nothing like going to work in your tighty-whities, right?



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FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung and linebackers Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were among those missing at the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team began on-field preparations for the Jets this Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The Patriots will be without safety Patrick Chung again on Sunday, missing his second straight game with a sore knee. Chung injured the knee in the first half against San Diego two weeks ago. 

 

Also inactive for the Patriots are OL Rich Ohrnberger, DL Kyle Love, S Jarrad Page, RB Fred Taylor WR Taylor Price and C Ryan Wendell. Left guard Logan Mankins is active for the game, five days after ending his contract dispute with the Patriots and reporting to the team.

 

FOXBORO -- After allowing the Steelers to convert 10-of-16 chances in third down situations, one member of the Patriots embattled secondary promised Monday that the team's defense will be better. 

"It's a game of execution, a game of inches," said safety James Ihedigbo. "We didn't execute when we needed to. Ten-for-16 on third down, you have to correct that in this league to win. We'll wear it but we'll have a chip on our shoulder this week and we'll be ready to go."