FOXBORO -- Tom Brady did dress for Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars but did not start as Brian Hoyer took his place on the field calling signals for the Patriots.
On Hoyer's first snap of the night, he completed a pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, who fumbled it, setting up Jacksonville's second field goal in the opening seven minutes of the first quarter.
Hoyer took a massive hit from linebacker Daryl Smith on the next drive as the Patriots went three-and-out.
Rookie Ryan Mallett was also expected to see a lot of time as it was anticipated that Brady would get the night off. Both Hoyer and Mallett practiced in warmups but Brady did not.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about Albert Haynesworth, the reported signing of Logan Mankins to a six-year deal and the Patriots' preseason opener vs. the Jaguars. Mortensen was asked if he thought there would be a change in preseason philosophy with a shortened training camp.
"What you are seeing more of -- and I think the league certainly has no problem with this -- is the head coaches communicating with each other in terms of how they are going to go at," said Mortensen. "It's different, obviously, because of the lockout and the offseason conditioning. I think for the most part we'll see fewer time for the starters, lesser time, and more of a look at the rookies and new players that they are trying to evaluate in this first game. The second game and third games are the veteran players playing more."
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Celtics unrestricted free agent guard Delonte West tweeted the following on Thursday:
“Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.”
In mid-July 2010, West was sentenced to eight months of home detention as a result of the weapons charges that cost him the first 10 games of this past season.
While the home detention ended in March, West still faces two years of unsupervised probation. Based on his Twitter comments, West will not be allowed to seek a deal outside of the country during the lockout.
A couple of weeks back, West’s agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN.com, “With any player, there has to be due diligence to see what’s happening [overseas]. That’s basically where [West is] at. But he’d like to be back in Boston. He had a great time there, he loves his teammates and he loves the organization.”
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Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress blasted Randy Moss in an interview with NFL.com on Thursday.
“We had good guys, by and large,” Childress said of his Vikings team in 2010, “[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”
Moss made a good first impression with Childress, but that did not last long.
“He called me and said, ‘I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I feel like I’m coming home again,’ ” Childress said of Moss’ first phone call after being acquired by the team with which he began his NFL career.
The wide receiver was waived by the Vikings just four weeks after they acquired him from the Patriots on October 6.
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The Patriots open their preseason schedule Thursday night at home against the Jaguars. There are a few trains of thought about Tom Brady and how much playing time he should receive. With the lockout-shortened offseason, the team might benefit more from seeing the new players in action. But Brady could take advantage of finding a rhythm with newcomers on the offense. Then again, no Patriots fan wants to see Brady get hurt before the season starts.
What do you think? Cast your vote in our poll at the It Is What It Is blog.
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Sam Packard and Josue Pavon from WEEI.com discuss the Celtics first two pre-season games. Then, in the second installment of Packard's Corner, Sam is joined by his brother Nick to answer an important historical question. Kick it!
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Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto to discuss who was in the wrong when it came to the leg-breaking slide of Chase Utley, his former minor-league roommate. Punto also revealed why he chose to take a year off from big league baseball, as well as what went wrong with the 2012 Red Sox. The Bradfo Show is sponsored by Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors and Gould's Distinctive Clothing.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
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