The Messenger Issue August 26, 2009

Good luck when you visit Lambeau Field twice this season Brett. ---------------------------------

On the other end of the NFL spectrum, New England Patriot fans have to be thrilled that quarterback Tom Brady is finally back on the field and looking fully recovered from his off season knee surgery.

Brady has looked good thus far in pre season and he once again, looks to have a loaded offense around him with the additions of running back Fred Taylor, wide receiver Joey Galloway and tight end Chris Baker, who caught two touchdown passes from Brady in the exhibition opener.

However the question right now for the Patriots isn't the offense, it is the defense. New England has almost an entirely new secondary and they were one of the worst teams in the league at getting to the quarterback last season.

On top of that, veteran defensive end Richard Seymour missed the first pre season game with a calf injury which is not a good sign. The Patriots need Seymour to somewhat return to past form as they try to figure out how to put more pressure on the quarterback.

Another concern has to be the back up quarterback position, as Matt Cassel has moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs. Although Brady certainly appears ready to go, having Kevin O'Connell and Andrew Walter in the wings doesn't necessarily exude confidence at the position.

Someone else to watch on this team may be rookie wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught five passes in the first pre season game and also returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown.

Now, I am not going to anoint this kid as the next Wes Welker just yet, as I heard more than one Pats fan say after his impressive debut, but catching passes from Tom Brady automatically puts him ahead of the learning curve as the season

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