Marcus Benard, Zach Sudfeld enjoying the ride

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FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady played on his recently-injured left knee in Friday night’s 25-21 preseason win over the Buccaneers, and his flawless performance will once again steal the headlines Saturday morning and be the talk of ESPN and NFL Network.

But the best stories of the preseason aren’t really about superstars like Brady. They’re about no-name guys overcoming long odds and earning one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

The Patriots have a couple of great stories in tight end Zach Sudfeld and defensive end Marcus Benard. They have been standouts in camp and are enjoying every minute of the ride.

“My heart is very thankful for the Patriots and coach [Bill] Belichick for seeing potential in me and giving me a shot,” said Benard.

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