There was a collective sigh amongst New England Patriots fans when star quarterback Tom Brady when down with a knee injury in practice this past week. But that sigh has all but disappeared as Brady came back from the injury to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only did Brady play, he was nearly perfect. As CBS Sports reported on August 16, any concerns about Brady or the Patriots offense can be put to rest.
Sure, there is still some work to be done with three rookie wide receivers, but Brady has formulated some chemistry with the newly acquired Danny Amendola. In Friday night's game, the Brady to Amendola connection was just about unstoppable.
Brady completed 11 of 12 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Most of those completions was to Amendola who caught six Brady passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. The combination is looking a little familiar and if Amendola stays healthy it would definitely take the sting out of losing Wes Welker.
Amendola praised his new quarterback after the game.
"Tom's like a coach out there on the field. He knows every intricacy of the offense. He helps guys out a lot. He's a leader."
Brady also showed no ill effects of the knee injury he suffered, proving his toughness and also showing the rest of the NFL that the Patriots offense will still be a force to be reckoned with. The names have changed but with Brady throwing the ball, the end results may still be the same.