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Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

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Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

FOXBORO -- Trevor Scott says it himself.

"I'm pretty simple."

Once football season starts he's all about the game, all the time. Not a surprising point of view considering Scott was thrown off his path in 2010.

A sixth-round pick by Oakland in the 2008 NFL draft, Scott had five sacks coming off the bench. The next season he upped the effort and earned more snaps, more sacks (seven), and six starts.

Scott started Oakland's first 10 games of 2010 before his progress got derailed. An ACL injury dumped him off onto IR November 25.

He returned for a full season but had lost his edge. Part of the problem was rehabbing during the lockout ("It just kind of sucks," Scott had said of being denied communication with team trainers), part of it was bad timing (2011 was a contract year).

Bottom line for the Raiders: Their pass-rushing specialist had just seven combined tackles and zero sacks.

But he battled.

"No matter what happened -- on or off the field -- I just kept working hard," Scott said on Sunday. "I just kept persevering through my injury and all that stuff.

"As much as it's a physical injury, it's also mental battle too. You have to stay positive and focus on your goals. Mine was to get back on the field and do well. I'm very happy that I'm here."

New England presented a chance to "start over." The way things went down in Oakland was unfortunate. It's also old news.

"It was what it was. It was the past. I don't really want to talk about that," he said with a tight smile.

And why bother?

In his first preseason game with the Patriots, Scott put on a show at defensive end with three tackles, three quarterback hits and a sack. New England has also used him during camp at linebacker, too, and the scheme versatility should help his cause.

Is one preseason game too small a sample size to get excited? Sure. But whether Scott is going against first or third string offense doesn't matter -- each rep rolls into getting that second chance.

"You just have to keep it all in perspective. At the end of the day, this is a game. We do this because we love to do it.

"I just like to do my job and win."

It's as simple as that.

Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

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Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on its own feel, its own flavor and - eventually - its own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”

Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

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Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City. Andrews, who hasn’t all practice all week with an illness, is one of four Pats listed as out on the injury report released Friday.

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Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who didn’t play last week against the Broncos is also out, along with wide receiver Chris Hogan and special teams captain Matthew Slater. Offensive linemen Ted Karras and Joe Thuney each took reps at center so one of them will likely start in Andrews’ absence. LaAdrian Waddle filled in for Cannon and performed well last week vs. Denver. 

Here’s the full injury report for the Patriots and Raiders: