Brady takes the blame
QB says he’s at fault for hard sack
FOXBOROUGH - Tom Brady usually doesn’t like to take a sack, but when it came to last Thursday’s exhibition loss to the Bengals, he was OK with getting slammed to the turf by Robert Geathers.
“It didn’t hurt. I’m glad I got hit. Honestly, it felt good for me to get hit like that,’’ Brady said yesterday on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan’’ program.
Brady explained that the sack - with Geathers racing past right tackle Nick Kaczur untouched - was the result of his own miscue. Brady had called a draw play in the huddle.
“That was my fault,’’ Brady said. “I certainly deserved that. A lot of times you see stuff like that happen, the initial thought is to blame the offensive line. Our offensive line, they make so few mistakes. As a quarterback, that’s part of the decision-making process and I made a poor decision. I’m the one that paid for it.’’
Brady said the hit wasn’t as painful as it might have seemed.
“I’ve taken a lot of hits in my career. They may look bad, but a lot of them don’t feel bad. The awkward ones are the ones that probably hurt,’’ he said. “The ones like that, you stand there and someone hits me, I kind of saw him at the last minute, too. I kind of put my shoulder down and protected myself. It wasn’t anything too bad. I’ve been hit harder than that before.’’
Kaczur’s base salaries are $2 million in 2009, $2.7 million in 2010, $3.4 million in 2011, and $4.1 million in 2012. The deal includes an option bonus of $3.5 million, and there are workout bonuses of $100,000 in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The Patriots have starting left tackle Matt Light under contract through 2010, and second-round draft choice Sebastian Vollmer is signed through 2012.
In three series, Warren finished with three tackles (one for a loss), had a quarterback hit, and also drew a holding penalty.
“It definitely felt good getting back out there,’’ he said. “I was kind of surprised in a sense, because it was basically starting where I left off. I’m getting into football shape and I feel good about that.
“When camp started, if it was up to me, I would have wanted to start. But it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, so we did what we did [in waiting to play]. My injury, I still had it a bit at times, you’re still working through the scar tissue and all that stuff. But when I’m out there, I’m not really thinking about it.’’
Thomas credits full participation in the team’s offseason program under Mike Woicik and Harold Nash. In the past, a foot injury has kept him from going full force in the offseason.
“I don’t know if I’m any quicker or not, but that’s something I definitely worked on this offseason - speed, strength, and quickness. If that’s showing up on the field, it’s encouraging,’’ he said.
Thomas had added a new twist to his game, lining up as a lead blocker in two-back sets. Without a pure fullback on the roster, the Patriots have tried Thomas in that role.
“It’s been an adjustment because that’s not something we’ve done a lot,’’ he said. “I think the more versatility you can build, the more you can do for the team, the better your chances of helping the team and the better off the team is.’’
Christopher L. Gasper of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Mike Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.