It will apparently be a night for the Patriots to showcase the backups Thursday when they take the field for the first time in the preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. (7:30PM)
Offensive stars Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and new acquisition Brandin Cooks will get the night off, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Last year, Brady started the preseason opener against the Packers after it was initially reported that he wouldn’t play. Of course, Brady was suspended for the first four regular season games last season and that factored into the decision to play him.
The backups getting some action is a good thing, those guys can use the reps, and we get to see who stands out. Nothing wrong with that, all I care is football is back.