Tom Brady zipped passes from 10 yards, lofted softer ones from 25 and showed no sign his shoulder was hurt, practicing four days after the Redskins' Albert Haynesworth landed on him.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't say if the quarterback would play Thursday against the Giants. Belichick, who prefers not to use starters in the exhibition finale, is more interested in watching backups Andrew Walter and Brian Hoyer than exposing his two-time Super Bowl MVP. "I would expect that the players that played more against Washington will probably play a little less against the Giants," Belichick said.
As practice began Tuesday, the three quarterbacks took turns throwing to a Patriots staffer, gradually lengthening their passes. Then Walter and Hoyer went to the other end of the field, leaving Brady with the staffer and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.
Brady threw 16 more passes — some after faking handoffs, others about 10 yards straight ahead, and more throwing across his body in both directions. Then he lined up and called signals in an 11-on-11 drill.