Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to analyze the Patriots' performance in Saturday's 34-10 loss to the Lions.

"It's not a regular-season loss. It doesn't count in the standings," Brady said. "It identifies a lot of things we need to do better. And the game is certainly important, the preseason game. But we're glad that game didn't count toward the regular-season standing. We're going to go out there and have a good week this week and certainly play a lot better this [Thursday]."

If it’s Monday, it must be time for another edition of roster reset. This is the third shot at predicting who will make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.



In the third preseason game of 2010, the Patriots had plenty of issues: New England struggled defensively against a young Rams’ team that was coming off a sub-.500 season the year before, thanks in large part to an impressive performance by young quarterback Sam Bradford.



Bill Belichick reserved the harshest criticism for himself and his coaching staff following a 34-10 drubbing at the hands of the Lions Saturday night at Ford Field in Detroit. 

In a stark contrast to the opening two weeks of the preseason, nearly everything that could go wrong did Saturday night as the Patriots were routed by a hungry Lions team, 34-10, at Ford Field in Detroit. 

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker injured his neck late in the first half of Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions making a tackle on an interception thrown by Tom Brady. Welker dipped his head and tackled Ricardo Silva, bringing him to the turf at the Patriots' 46. Adding to the violent nature of the play was Welker slamming his head off the field turf at Ford Field. 

Welker walked off the field by himself before getting examined by Patriots trainers and medical staffers. 

And so, here we are. The third game of the preseason is the dress rehearsal. It’s historically the final chance for the starters to show they’re ready for the regular season before the season opener.



Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and other NFL news.

Most of the talk in the preseason in Foxboro has centered around the Pats' revamped defensive line. King said the key player might be one who isn't getting as much attention.

Heath Evans, the former Patriots fullback who this week announced his retirement from the NFL and a new job with the NFL Network, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning.

Evans spent the last two seasons with the Saints after leaving New England. He has fond memories of his days in Foxboro, even if that time didn't help prepare him for his new role in the broadcasting booth.

“I played for Bill Belichick for four years,” Evans said. “Do you think it was an easy job giving good interviews and good speeches?”

FOXBORO — For all the talk about the Patriots’ renewed commitment to an aggressive pass rush this season, arguably their best and most consistent pass rusher over the last two seasons hasn’t seen action in New England’s first two preseason games.