How much does Tom Brady typically play in third preseason games?

Ryan Hannable
August 22, 2019 - 9:44 am

Tom Brady hasn't played in any of the two preseason games thus far, but that will likely change Thursday night against the Panthers.

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The third preseason game is typically when the starters see their most extensive action of the preseason to gear up for Week 1.

Here's a look at Brady's numbers in the third preseason game the last five years. They suggest a good amount of the quarterback is expected.

2018 vs. Panthers: 12-for-18, 102 yards
2017 vs. Lions: 12-for-15, 174 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
2016 vs. Panthers: 3-for-9, 76 yards, 1 TD
2015 vs. Panthers: 7-for-13, 84 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
2014 vs. Panthers: 12-for-21, 204 yards, 2 TDs

As a starter, only once did Brady not play at all in the third preseason game and that was 2008.

Based on history and what we've seen so far this summer, expect Brady and the Patriots first-team offense to play into the second quarter and maybe even the entire first half.

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