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Brady looks sharp as Pats beat Panthers
(L-R) Shane Vereen and Tom Brady
Tom Brady (right) completed 17-of-21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Shane Vereen as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, 30-7, in preseason action.

Brady completed 17-of-21 passes for 204 yards while playing into the third quarter. He connected with Vereen for scores of 40 and six yards.

Second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo, who is competing with Ryan Mallett for the backup quarterback job, hooked up with Taylor McCuller for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Full Story

Tomlin should have taken a stand
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Parcells gave his friend Mike Zimmer some ominous advice when the latter got the head coaching job of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Hall of Fame coach, who was once Zimmer's boss in Dallas, told his Padawan that "four or five things happen in pro football every day that you wish wouldn't happen. If you can't handle those, you need to get another job."

One of those "things" hit Mike Tomlin like a Brock Lesnar German suplex on Wednesday when his two top running backs -- Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount -- decided it was a prudent idea to bring some weed along for their ride to the airport in advance of Thursday's dress-rehearsal preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Full Story

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