Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Tom Savage excels in Texans' exhibition against Patriots

Tom Savage excels in Texans' exhibition against Patriots

Dion Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Patriots' second preseason game. James White did enter on third downs, but Burkhead was highly active in the passing game. Brady hit Cooks early on a short completion.

"It was fun being out there", Brady said. "It was fun to come back tonight".

"We need to start faster", said Tolzien, the only one of the three current potential backups with National Football League experience. "We recovered the jersey.' Mr. Kraft gave it to me at his house this summer".

Belichick not only dressed Rob Gronkowski - as he did against Jacksonville - he told him to put on his protective forearm brace before kickoff, a sign the Patriots coach was going to let the star tight end play in the preseason for the first time since the third preseason game of 2012 against the Saints.

That guy could start: Burkhead, who spent the first four years of his career as a backup in Cincinnati, looked like a nice fit in the Patriots offense as a dual threat.

Although he didn't record any catches or targeted passes, Gronkowski said it was nice to just be on the field. Of course, that doesn't matter much at all considering that it's just a practice game here in the 2017 National Football League preseason.

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He won't crack the starting lineup, but maybe he can be the team's No. 3 receiver with Marqise Lee out with an ankle injury. Yeldon left the game in the first quarter after suffering a left-hamstring strain and did not return.

On second down, Burkhead was covered by rookie inside linebacker Zach Cunningham. That might have factored into the Patriots' thinking in the not having Trey Flowers play on Saturday night. He did it last season, and he did it again Saturday.

In addition to being without rookie defensive ends Deatrich Wise Jr. and Derek Rivers, Geneo Grissom also sat this one out with an undisclosed injury.

He was measured in at 6-0 and 233 pounds in the scouting combine.

Considering that the Patriots are playing a strong Texans defense, this should be an entertaining matchup to watch for.

In addition to Burkhead's breakout performance on the drive, other highlights of the first half included Stephen Gostkowski's two field goals from 38 and 51 yards, the last of which gave the Patriots their 13-10 lead at the half. Offensively, Brady got it going on the team's second drive, which nearly ended after one play on an interception along the sideline.

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