Five departures from the Patriots' 10-3 exhibition win the Panthers, a win that wasn't as clean or fresh as the rest of this preseason but had the appearance of Tom Brady without injury …  BRADY IN SYNC WITH DORSETT BUT NOT MEYERS
As was usual throughout his career, Brady saw action in the Patriots' third preseason game. He assisted in New England's first three runs, attempting 12 passes and completing eight of them for 75 yards. He also ran for three yards, briefly cramming the region's hearts into the wheel as he dived for the marker to turn a third down. He seemed calm, comfortable and ready for the regular season.
There is no reason for Brady to play in the fourth preseason game ̵
Of Brady's four incompletions, one had to finish Benjamin Watson. The other three were thrown at Myers, whose three targets made him really look like a rookie for the first time this season. The first came in New England's first third try when Brady lobbed a deep throw in Myers' direction, but the ball landed 15 yards too far because the receiver interrupted his route and did not try to escape from safety.
Brady tried to get back to Myers in the first game of the next series, but the pair was not on the same page, so Brady's throw was a little behind the target and jumped out of Myers' hands. Later, Myers did not interrupt his route flat enough until he made his way to midfield, and the covering corner was able to reach him and knock him down.
Add to the mix a call hold that denied a wonderful move by Sony Michel – which looked grand for most of its 10-port cameras – and it was not a reassuring night for those who came to design Meyers as much of Patriots passing game. In comparison, Philip Dorset caught all seven passes thrown in his way, and the contrast shows that at this point, the defender trusts the man, who is a few years old, far more than he wants to make the club for the first time.  Julian Edelman is dressed for the Panthers and should be back soon. So could Josh Gordon, and probably Demarius Thomas. Dorset's seven robberies help his cause in securing a race venue. Based on what is shown in training camp, Myers also belongs – but before he is ready to count, he and Brady seem to have something else to do.
GOST'S MISSES AGAINST BAILEY HOLDING
Jake Bailey's boom kicks were impressive enough to win him first in the fifth round draft in the April draft, and then replace Super Bowl hero Ryan in the role Pats. But there is growing concern about Bailey replacing the other role that Alan has played for Pats in recent seasons. This will be the role of the keeper in Stephen Gostkovski's fieldwork.
Gostkovski missed a 43-yard field goal Thursday, failing to convert a three-pointer for a third straight game. In the first place, Alan was the holder – but since then Bailey has been the holder of both. The latest was supposed to be a virtual triumph coming from the middle of the field at night when time was not a factor, but Alan left the ball point down with the ties pointing to Gostkovsky's right leg.
Bailey and Gostkovsky paid off for a fourth quarter shot that went smoothly and the pair also successfully completed an extra point in the first half. But this is a worthwhile situation – and perhaps one that might take other decisions on the list into account.
After Steadham came in for Brady on Thursday and played relatively well, there are questions whether Pats will keep two rebates or three. It is worth noting, and perhaps working in his favor, that Brian Hoyer has limited experience as an owner, dating back to his days in Cleveland. If coaches don't feel completely comfortable trusting rookies to kick or serve as Brady's sole quarterback, Hoyer might stick around to secure both areas.
FIRST SEED ROTATIONS MOVED
It wasn't just Brady who saw the action for the first time this preseason – and not only saw the first-team defense put in focus how deep the front seven was, but on Thursday in the evening suggested that Pats might intend to make full use of his depth to keep that talent fresh.
Belikhik and his staff often and heavily rotated personnel along the defensive line and even at linear backhand level while the main unit was on the ground against the Panthers, stirring both rookies and veterans, in and out while shifting players around
. ] Freshman Chase Winovic started on the sidelines as first-year teammate Byron Cowart blew up the opening game series for the second consecutive week. At the other end of the spectrum, Michael Bennett made his Patriots debut and had a sack. Kyle Van Noy also crushed Cam Newton by burning his blocker around the corner, while Adam Butler made a statement by knocking down a quarterback from the middle.
At one intersection, at three and three, New England showed a line of four in which Winovic and Bennett were the ends, with the typical linear connections of Dont Hightower and Jamie Collins standing between them. Illand Roberts, Joachan Bentley, Danny Shelton and Dietrich Wass Jr. were also in the mix.
The wise were still there in the third quarter, as was Mike Penel. This spring, the Jets signed for the second consecutive game that Penel saw the Pats third-team defense action, which may suggest he is struggling to work. This may not be as easy against him as it is a testament to the breadth of quality players around him.
CHUNG SITUATION IMPACT BROKERS, MAY HARMON
It must be remembered that even though the news about Patrick Chung was charged with possession of cocaine in New Hampshire on Thursday, the indictment alleges. This means that it happened before the Patriots' second preseason game, when Chung was in uniform, sideways, and looked almost like a player,
this way, at least as long as the lawsuit goes, Chung's situation cannot affect football decisions. as much as his physical condition could. (He was in a non-contact jersey of late and did not play in the preseason.) When Pats first team defense took to the field Thursday night, Terence Brooks in what is traditionally Kung Chung's role as a safety and try to attach secondary physics.
This is good for Brooks's chances of making the team, and Chung's evolving status may also erase some of the writing on the wall, suggesting that Duron Harmon may be a surprising contender. Harmon was the odd guy in the Pats & # 39; Super Bowl game plan last season, after which he started each of the first two preseason games this summer, along with mostly guys vying for race venues. New England could save more than $ 2 million in salary capability if it decides to retain Duke Dawson or drag Jonathan Jones to safety and cut Harmon – though Harmon is a respected veteran leader and if Chung eventually stands up in the face of discipline, he may be more valuable to Pats than this money would be.
To his credit, Harmon also made a nice open field wand to get New England's defense off the field in the first series Thursday night.
INJURY DAMAGES, BUT SEE ESSENTIALLY  Like item no. Dress rehearsal, the third preseason game may prove to be the most frustrating for fans as it poses the greatest risk of the team's most influential talent being injured in an exhibition competition.
Pats escaped the first two preseasons leaning relatively clean – this statement at least in part depends on what happens to Nal Keal Harry's first pick this season – but in Game 3. there were some scares Van Noah put on the ground for a little while with Appa rent a leg ailment after Newton's firing in the first quarter, but he came back after jogging. Watson was the recipient of a late hit by Eric Reed and was immediately in a state where Myers called for help from coaches, but ran his thumbs up at the crowd as he headed for the locker room on his own. Running back rookie Damien Harris was pulled after receiving medical treatment after his second carry.
It appears that the biggest blow was to Brandon King, the special teams ace, who covered the punt when his leg came out. He had to be kicked out of the field after being greeted in the middle of the grass by several dozen teammates. King would probably make the team, given Belikick's adoration for special teams, so if his injury is as serious as it initially looked, it improves the chances of players like Nate Ebner or Brandon Bolden coming in September.