FOXBOROUGH — In the Patriots’ first preseason game, Tom Brady played two possessions, threw seven passes, completed four of them for 36 yards.
The offense never sniffed the red zone while he was on the field. His first drive ended when he was sacked at midfield. His last ended with a punt from the New England 39.
It wasn’t easy to swallow.
“We’re always trying to go out there and score, so when we don’t it’s frustrating for all of us,” Brady said. “So hopefully we can learn from this stuff and we can move forward and we come out here this week of practice and try to eliminate mistakes. We’re always going to make mistakes, but you’ve got to be mentally tough enough to move on from those mistakes as well.
“We’ve got a lot of work today. We’ve put in about three weeks — I don’t know how long it’s been but it feels like about three weeks — and this week’s really felt like training camp, stringing these practices together. But you can never get enough work. That’s the thing about football. You can never get enough practice. The more practice, the better the practices are, the better your team’s going to be.
“That’s part of the foundation. You’ve got to have a good spring so you can have a good training camp, and you’ve got to have a good start to your training camp so you can have a good start to regular season. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to put good practices together with good effort.
It’s hard to worry about the second-best offense in the league, but there are things Brady says that still need to be addressed.
“It hasn’t been all perfect and it’s not going to be,” Brady said. “But you’ve got to be mentally tough enough to push through the year and come out tomorrow and try not to make the same mistakes again.”