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Watch Jarrett Stidham find Demaryius Thomas for 35-yard TD in Patriots-Giants

Watch Jarrett Stidham find Demaryius Thomas for 35-yard TD in Patriots-Giants

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Jarrett Stidham and Demaryius Thomas couldn't connect on a handoff in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason finale and lost a fumble, which led to a New York Giants touchdown. It didn't take long for the duo to make up for its mistake.

Stidham found the veteran wide receiver down the right sideline for a 35-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. It was the rookie quarterback's third touchdown pass of the preseason and Thomas' first score of the summer.

Check out the touchdown in the video below:

The Patriots attempted a two-point conversion after the touchdown but Stidham's pass to Thomas fell incomplete.

UPDATE (Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8:44 p.m. ET): Stidham found Thomas for another touchdown later in the second quarter. Thomas fired the ball into the Gillette Stadium crowd after his 3-yard score.

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Thomas made his preseason debut for the Patriots on Thursday night. He recently returned to practice after recovering from a torn Achilles injury suffered in December as a member of the Houston Texans. Veteran wideouts Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman also got their first game action of the preseason versus the Giants.

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

The Patriots did enough early on Monday night that they made their jobs a little bit easier later on. They jumped out to a commanding early lead by scoring on three of their first four drives with varied personnel packages. They confounded Sam Darnold early and forced him to play spooked to the point that he made mistakes even when he wasn't pressured into them. 

It wasn't perfect. And the grades reflect that. But it was yet another dominant effort from Bill Belichick's point as they get closer to the season's midway point. 

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Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

The Atlanta Falcons made the Mohamed Sanu trade with the New England Patriots official Tuesday, but the defending Super Bowl champs have not yet acknowledged the move.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't have anything to say about the trade during his morning conference call with reporters, but he was a little more forthcoming on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, I think we are working through that," Belichick said. "We'll see. We’ll put (Sanu) in and see how it goes. He’s a talented player. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s done different things, so we’ll see how it all fits for us.”

The Patriots gave up a 2020 second-round draft pick for Sanu, which is a fairly steep price, but he's not a rental. The 30-year-old wide receiver is signed through the 2021 season.

Sanu's addition upgrades the team's depth at wide receiver, which has been a concern throughout the season amid injuries and roster turnover. He's been quite durable over the last six seasons with only two games missed over that span. Sanu also was among Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's top targets, tallying at least 66 receptions, 700-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.

The Patriots did not practice Tuesday but they'll be back at it Wednesday, when Sanu is expected to make his first appearance in New England colors. His first game action with the Patriots should come Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Browns visit Gillette Stadium for a Week 8 matchup. 

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