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Patriots Prepare for Tennessee

The Patriots held two practices Wednesday, both of which did not include many first team starters. The morning workout featured players mostly on the third string or beyond.

Running Back Laurence Maroney at Wednesday's practice (Courtesy of Patriots.com)
Running Back Laurence Maroney at practice Wednesday. (Courtesy of Patriots.com)

The nightcap – marked as the final training camp opened to the public – had missing starters Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas and Ty Warren. Both Moss and Warren are nursing minor injuries.

New England takes on a Tennessee team this Friday night which has gone through a rough offseason and preseason. Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones’ legal troubles have caused his suspension for the season. Quarterback Vince Young – aside from cursing himself by donning the Madden ’08 cover – was involved in a small scuffle during training camp and was benched for the Titans first preseason game last weekend.

The second preseason game usually means a longer amount of playing time for the starters. Last weekend, Brady and most of the first team offense lasted just two series’. We’ll take a look at last years second preseason game to use as a barometer of what to expect on Friday.

During the Patriots 31-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals last August, Brady played for almost the entire first half and went 15-20 for 149 yards after playing for just one series in the opener against the Falcons.

Other notes from the practice field:

  • Tight end Ben Watson finally seems ready to prepare for the season.
    Tight End Ben Watson (Courtesy of Patriots.com)
    Tight End Ben Watson. (Courtesy of Patriots.com)

    The fourth year pro out of Georgia worked out in full pads on Tuesday and seems recovered from an undisclosed injury. Watson did not play in the preseason game against Tampa Bay and had missed several practices in training camp.

  • Bon Jovi – a longtime friend of coach Bill Belichick – stopped by Patriots camp today. Belichick obliged Bon Jovi by playing the pop star’s Greatest Hits album over the loud speaker.

We’ll have a full preview and predictions on the Titans game on Thursday.

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