Tom Brady missed practice on Tuesday to be in New York for settlement talks relating to DeflateGate, but those negotiations yielded no progress as it appears more and more likely that Brady and the NFL are not going to be able to reach a settlement in this case.
Instead of staying in the Big Apple to attend Wednesday’s federal court hearing, Brady has decided to join his teammates in West Virginia, where the New England Patriots are scheduled to hold joint practices with the New Orleans Saints in advance of their preseason matchup on Saturday night.
While Brady was away, Jimmy Garoppolo took all the reps at quarterback as the Patriots held an unpadded walk-through at Gillette Stadium this afternoon. According to NESN.com’s Doug Kyed, the second-year signal caller completed 9 of 14 passes with two interceptions during the hour-long practice session.
Peyton Manning will get his first taste of preseason football in 2015, as Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that the 39-year-old quarterback will play Saturday against the Houston Texans. Manning, who sat out the opener last week, is expected to be on the field for “a quarter-and-a-half to a full half.”
It is not unusual for Manning to get a bunch of reps during the preseason. In 2013 and 2014, he played in each of the Broncos’ first three preseason games before sitting out the finale. This will be Manning’s first live game action in Kubiak’s zone-blocking offense, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in the new scheme.
While Manning’s anticipated debut might get the headlines, a couple kickers stole the show at the Broncos’ practice on Tuesday. Brandon McManus and Connor Barth, who are battling for one of two kicking spots, engaged in a kick-off and didn’t disappoint the fans watching at Dove Valley. They must love that mile high air.