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Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

The Carolina Panthers will have their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, on the field Thursday night at Gillette Stadium for their Week 3 preseason game against the New England Patriots. Will the Patriots do the same with their starting QB?

Tom Brady wants to play, and the 42-year-old quarterback made that clear Tuesday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

“I hope so," Brady said. "I hope so. Again, we had practice yesterday and we have practice today, and then we will see what coach decides. I hope to be out there. We’ll see what happens.”

Brady has not played in the first two preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and rookie Jarrett Stidham have played instead, and both of them have performed well. 

The Patriots have some new faces at wide receiver this summer, most notably rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers. These first-year players have never caught a pass from Brady in an actual game setting, so building on the chemistry they've started to develop in practice would be one reason to give Brady some playing time versus the Panthers. 

The third preseason game also is typically when starters play for an extended period of time. It's a good opportunity to see where the offense and defense stand after a full training camp. Therefore, we can't be surprised that Newton, as well as Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, are going to play Thursday.

The Patriots would be wise to do the same and get their No. 1s plenty of time together before the regular seasons begins Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jets WR Robby Anderson says Stephon Gilmore gets away with penalties

Jets WR Robby Anderson says Stephon Gilmore gets away with penalties

Robby Anderson recognized Stephon Gilmore as one of the game's top cornerbacks on Thursday, though it may have been somewhat of a backhanded compliment.

The New York Jets wide receiver, who will see plenty of Gilmore when the Jets and Pats face off on Sunday, called New England's star corner "one of the best" while adding he "holds a lot and gets away with it," per Brian Costello of The New York Post.

Regardless of whether Anderson's comments about Gilmore's holding are true, he's certainly correct in stating he'll need to bring his "A-game." The Patriots opened as 22.5 point favorites over their 0-2 AFC East foe with quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian both sidelined.

Third-stringer Luke Falk will get the start at QB for Sunday's contest, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Tom Brady appeared on the Patriots injury report for the first time this season on Wednesday with an apparent calf injury, and was again limited Thursday as the Patriots continue to prepare for the visiting New York Jets. 

Phil Perry noted that Brady looked good during practice despite the calf issue, so limiting him throughout the week may just be a precaution. At this point in Brady's career, preparation is not something the Patriots coaching staff has to worry about with their franchise quarterback. 

Joining Brady in the "limited" section of the injury report are Caleb Benococh (calf), Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and Matt LaCosse (ankle). The Jets meanwhile, continue to suffer from the early-season injury bug.  Here's a full look at both the Patriots and Jets' injury reports: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Shilique Calhoun, LB Not Injury Related
James Develin, FB, Neck

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Caleb Benenoch, OL, Calf
Tom Brady, QB, Calf
Marcus Cannon, OT, Shoulder
Matt LaCosse, TE, Ankle

NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Sam Darnold, QB, Illness
Jordan Jenkins, LB, Calf
C.J. Mosley, LB, Groin
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Hamstring/Knee
Quinnen Williams, DL, Ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Kelvin Beachum, OL, Ankle
Trenton Cannon RB, Ankle
Josh Bellamy, WR, Shoulder
Brian Poole, CB, Groin
Steve McLendon, DL, Hip
Rontez Miles, S, Hip
Brian Winters, OL, Shoulder

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