The third week of the preseason is always the one that people point to as the last chance for the starters to get significant game reps before the beginning of the regular season, and that has pretty much been the case when it comes to Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback has played in nine of the last 10 third preseason games of the summer, and often, he’s gone into the second half. With the Patriots traveling to Carolina for their third preseason game of the summer Friday night, here’s a look at how Brady has done in the third preseason game of the summer going back 10 years.

2014: 17-for-21, 204 yards, two touchdowns, 42 snaps vs. Panthers
2013: 16-for-24, 185 yards, one interception, two sacks, 46 snaps vs. Lions
2012: 13-for-20, 127 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 45 snaps vs. Bucs
2011: 12-for-22, 145 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 37 snaps vs. Lions
2010: 18-for-22, 273 yards, three touchdowns, 30 snaps vs. Rams
2009: 12-for-19 for 150 yards, two touchdowns, one sack, 29 snaps vs. Redskins
2008: DNP
2007: 17-for-22, 167 yards, two touchdowns, 47 snaps vs. Panthers
2006: 17-for-30, 231 yards, one touchdown, 49 snaps vs. Redskins
2005: 12-for-21, 127 yards, one touchdown, one sack, 40 snaps vs. Packers

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO -€“- Brian Tyms will spend the season rehabbing with the Patriots.

After the injured Tyms cleared waivers on Monday, the Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed the 26-year-old on injured reserve.

Brian Tyms

Brian Tyms

FOXBORO -€“- Brian Tyms will spend the season rehabbing with the Patriots.

After the injured Tyms cleared waivers on Monday, the Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed the 26-year-old on injured reserve.

Tyms, who reportedly suffered a season-ending foot injury last week in West Virginia, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on July 27, 2014, and was re-signed by the team on March 11, 2015. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Florida A&M in 2012.

After being released by the 49ers at the end of training camp, he was signed to the Miami practice squad where he spent his entire rookie season. Tyms started the 2013 season on Miami’€™s practice squad before being signed by the Cleveland Browns midseason.

Tyms played in seven games for the Browns in 2013 and caught two passes for 12 yards. Last season with the Patriots, Tyms played in 11 games with two starts and finished with five receptions for 82 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the 37-22 victory at Buffalo on Oct. 12. Tyms played in the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Baltimore but was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLIX.

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Mike Petraglia

The Patriots continue to look for ways to bolster their offensive line.

Michael Williams began his career in Detroit as a tight end.  (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michael Williams began his career in Detroit as a tight end. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Patriots continue to look for ways to bolster their offensive line.

One week after trading offensive lineman Jordan Devey to San Francisco for tight end Asante Cleveland, and two weeks after adding offensive lineman Ryan Groy in a trade with the Bears, the team has acquired offensive tackle Michael Williams from the Lions, according to a report from the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.

Williams played college football at Alabama, where he was a tight end. He was drafted in the seventh round, 211th overall by the Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft as a tight end.

In May of 2014, the Lions announced they were switching the 24-year-old, 6-foot-6, 300-pound Williams to offensive tackle.

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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the debut of 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne at Patriots practice on Tuesday. Wearing his new No. 15 jersey, he worked with receivers coach Chad O’Shea and started running routes with Tom Brady. Several Patriots also returned to shorts and shells practice on Tuesday, incluidng receiver Aaron Dobson, running Travaris Cadet, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots continued their preparations for their third preseason game this Friday night in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

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FOXBORO — It’s always a good sign when a Patriots player coming off an injury speaks to the media. It’s usually a sign that the player is ready to return to practice.

And with practice, comes the expectation of game action.

Julian Edelman has been sidelined since early in camp with an ankle issue. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman has been sidelined since early in camp with an ankle issue. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It’s always a good sign when a Patriots player coming off an injury speaks to the media. It’s usually a sign that the player is ready to return to practice.

And with practice, comes the expectation of game action.

Such might be the case for receiver Julian Edelman, who suffered an ankle injury in the first week of training camp and has been rehabbing it ever since. Certainly, the Patriots aren’t going to take any unnecessary risks. But listening to Edelman speak before practice Tuesday, one gets the sense he would like a few snaps of live game action as the team conducts its regular season “dress rehearsal” Friday night in Charlotte against the Panthers.

“Ask Bill. We’re taking it day-by-day,” is all Edelman would offer in the locker room, referring all inquires to Bill Belichick. “I think I’m ten seconds better than [I was] in the last ten seconds so we’re good.

“Anytime you’re not able to go out there and play, yeah, it’s difficult. But it’s part of the game and I’m just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to improve myself each and every day.”

Any way to gauge his game readiness based on practice and training room work?

“That’s one of those things where I don’t even have an answer for that. I don’t know. So, we’ll see,” he said.

If he is cleared to play Friday, he certainly will be excited for the chance to getting on the field for the first time since catching the game-winning touchdown from Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX.

“When that comes, it’s going to be awesome,” Edelman said. “That’s what you play the game for. You put a lot of hard work in in the offseason, try to get yourself better and then something like this happens, you haven’t been able to practice as much as you wanted to. You have to learn from it and get better.”

Someone he’s going to be learning from is new teammate Reggie Wayne, on the field with Edelman Tuesday before Edelman departed for the lower training field to get in some individual work.

“He’s one of the best,” Edelman said. “Reggie Wayne, statistically, shows it. Just from being around him the couple of day I have, he’s a true professional. You look at him and you’re like, ‘that’s a pro.’ It’s going to be good to have him around and learn from him. He’s played in a lot of big-time football games and made a lot of big-time plays. It’s good to have him and it’ll be good to learn and see what his perspective of the game is, as a fellow receiver.”

Back in the day, like the 2011 season, Edelman was also an emergency slot corner, a la Troy Brown. But he never got the assignment of covering Wayne.

“I don’t think so. I wasn’t going for the ones,” Edelman said.

Edelman was asked about another cornerback who will be playing the position full-time. Edelman says he’s liked what he’s seen from Malcolm Butler, who he thinks has done a good job of putting last year’s heroics in the past.

“Last year is last year. I can tell you right now, Malcolm’s playing tough and he’s getting better each and every day and he works his tail off,” Edelman said.

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WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

[0:00:04] ... patriots expert columnist for WEEI dot com. Christopher price alright press the Reggie Wayne era has officially begun after fourteen years and Indianapolis he has come over to the hated patriots. Or at least that's the way of course the colts fans feel in central Indiana. But it was funny and talking to Reggie Wayne today he said. Can't really worry about what the colts fans think right now. His job is learning the playbook going back to school like he told both of us and I ordered fifty reporters and really learning what Tom Brady and bill while chuck expect from him. Yet been interesting to it to watch Emeril was interesting to see him in the ...
[0:01:32] ... something like that's always for sale in the locker room. And our Reggie Wayne that told you that. No 87 is over with his new number and now New England will be the number fifteen. He was on the practice field on the upper grass field fine job at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday afternoon and he has assimilating as quickly as he canny was working with Tom Brady. And a couple of the offensive coaches of receivers coach offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in terms of the role he will. Bill moving forward you would think it be like similar to a role that Deion Branch bill that I trustworthy receiver. Yeah I think that this them into that I think there's some me the idea that he ...
[0:03:15] ... of the regular season how how much can we really expect from Reggie Wayne what he's healthy and I found some interesting historical comparisons. The best year for eat 37 year old wide receiver was TERRELL OWENS back in 2000 and where it got 72 passes. Ridgeway is not taken 72 passes in this offense but. The one comparison ...





FOXBORO — It was a day of significant returns and debuts at Gillette Stadium.