EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – It’s like Dave Chapelle doing standup in the backroom of your local Elks Club. Tom Brady played the entire first half of the Patriots fourth and final preseason game of the 2016 season Thursday night.
The four-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Super Bowl MVP and surefire Hall of Famer concluded the half throwing to undrafted rookies DeAndre Carter and running back D.J. Foster behind an offensive line chockful of backups. He threw 19 times in the first quarter, 26 times in all, completing 16 for 166 yards.
Brady will be in forced exile beginning Saturday at 4 p.m. so rather than this being some kind of indignity, the 39-year-old probably relished the chance to play.
Rookie Jacoby Brissett warmed up a couple of times but the half was all Brady’s. The Patriots had a pair of turnovers – a red zone fumble at the end of a nice catch-and-run by Foster and a pick of Brady on a pass thrown to Aaron Dobson.
Brady had five throws of more than 15 yards, the longest a 38-yard bomb to Dobson. He also hit Foster on a well-placed 30-yard wheel route.
One interesting first-half absence on offense: running back Brandon Bolden.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.