The Patriots announced three roster cuts Monday: linebacker A.J. Edds, offensive lineman R.J. Mattes and defensive lineman Scott Vallone.

Edds signed as a free agent on June 6. A fourth-round pick of the Dolphins out of Iowa in 2010, he first played for the Patriots in 2011, appearing in two games before being released and signed to the practice squad. He played nine games for the Colts in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve (knee).

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, with the Patriots looking strong after their first two preseason games, and talked about the promise of the 2013 season as well as the impact of the team’s many new players.

Brady, who is 18-for-20 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the exhibitions, is cautiously optimistic about his team with half the preseason slate completed.

Even by Tom Brady’s standards, the quarterback has had a tremendous start to his 2013 preseason.

FOXBORO -- Football shares this much in common with baseball - control the middle and you control the game. Good defense runs up the spine. Any cliche you want to use, football and baseball are brothers in that regard.



It hasn’t been the best of camps in terms of productivity for Stephen Gostkowski. But his coach isn’t worried, a point that was underscored Saturday in a conference call with reporters.

FOXBORO -- If you were a New England skill position player who wasn’t targeted at least once in Friday night against the Bucs, you should probably be concerned.

FOXBORO — Tim Tebow should be glad he doesn’t have to be teacher and pupil since grading his latest effort in the preseason might result in failure, or at the very least, an incomplete.

Tebow struggled even more than he did in his 4-for-12 performance against the Eagles a week earlier. Friday night, before the Gillette Stadium crowd for the first time as a Patriot, Tebow came in against Tampa Bay’s second and third-string defense and completed just 1-of-7 passes for -1 yards, an interception and a 0.0 quarterback rating.

FOXBORO — If there’s one player who was happy to see Tom Brady go through on his promise to play Friday night in the second preseason game it was Danny Amendola.

Brady was a perfect 8-for-8 on the opening 15-play drive, including four passes for 46 yards to Amendola. That drive concluded when Brady hit Amendola on a double-post pattern for his first touchdown in a Patriots’ uniform.

FOXBORO — No concerns about Tom Brady’s knee, as the quarterback started Friday night against the Buccaneers and looked very sharp leading the Patriots past Tampa, 25-21, in the second preseason game for both teams.

FOXBORO — Tom Brady did play Friday night and show absolutely no ill effects from the hit he took to the left knee on Wednesday in practice.

Brady was brilliant in the opening drive, completing all seven passes, including four to Danny Amendola for 46 yards. Brady capped off a 15-play scoring drive to open the game by hitting Amendola on a 26-yard route to the end zone.