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Kelly gets a Blount (re)introduction from Patriots in preseason opener
The New England Patriots' LeGarrette Blount (29) leaps over the Philadelphia Eagles' Jake Knott to score during the second quarter in preseason action at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Friday. (David Maialetti/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)
The Patriots’ fourth-year running back gained 101 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scoring run, in New England’s 31-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener for both teams Friday night.
The Patriots got the ball first and scored a touchdown in 3 minutes, 12 seconds. New England needed only four plays, keyed by Stevan Ridley’s 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Ridley finished the drive with a one-yard scoring run.
On the Eagles’ first possession, quarterback Michael Vick had the offense huddle up between plays, and the time between the end of the first play and the snap of the second was a pedestrian 25 seconds. Hardly a blur.
New England scored on its second posession, a 10-play drive capped by a 13-yard pass from Brady to Shane Vereen.
After Nick Foles replaced Vick, the Eagles at least did go to a no-huddle on a possession that began with 14:05 left in the second quarter. Coaches on the sideline made baseball-type signals to call the plays. While this did prevent New England from substituting on defense, the Eagles’ pace — averaging about 21 seconds between snaps — was hardly reminiscent of the breath-taking shows Kelly put on at Oregon.
Blount scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter to give New England a 31-14 lead.
As for Brady’s new receivers, he connected with Kenbrell Thompkins three times for 17 yards on New England’s second touchdown drive. Brady also hit rookie Aaron Dobson down the field for 23 yards.