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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Rex Burkhead touches on one of the themes in the Patriots' locker room Monday: How the team is treating Friday's preseason game at Detroit with a regular-season type feel.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of Bill Belichick's news conference Monday, he was asked in lighthearted fashion if he was an eclipse guy. He smiled, then shrugged his shoulders. "Yeah, yeah. It's great," he said, before walking away from the podium (still smiling).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is how Tom Brady, during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, described his 16-snap workload in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans: "I didn't play a ton, but certainly played enough to get out there and kind of feel what the rhythm of the game is like. It's always good in the preseason to be able to do that. So I was glad we got a chance to go down and score and hopefully we can build on it this week."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's post-game news conference ended with a question on if there was a feeling of nostalgia returning to NRG Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LI. "That's all in the past," he responded. "I mean, it was great, but we're on to 2017. I don't think last year, two years ago or 12 years ago is that important. Trying to get this team ready to go, and this year's team is this year's team. It's my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this group. I'm not trying to live in the past. I'm not trying to live in the future. I'm just trying to do a good job with the team we have today."

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Watson, Savage both score in Texans' win (1:02)
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Savage wants to be starter 'real bad' (0:47)
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Watson scrambles for a 2-yard TD (0:22)
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Savage connects with Strong for TD (0:15)
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Brady throws his first touchdown of 2017 (0:30)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 15 of the team's first 17 snaps in the preseason opener, which was a surprise given that he hasn't played in the preseason since 2012. He wasn't targeted with a catchable pass. Meanwhile, Patriots QB Tom Brady played two series, totaling 17 snaps, and finishing 6 of 9 for 67 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions.

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Gronk sees first preseason action since '12

Before Saturday night's game against the Texans, Rob Gronkowski hadn't played in the preseason since 2012. The Patriots tight end is coming off a season during which he was limited to eight games due to a back injury.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots thin at defensive end, it is notable that the club is not playing Trey Flowers in Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans. Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. It is not believed that he is dealing with an injury, as he is one of the few top players not in action.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell, who didn't play in the preseason opener, is out on the field loosening up.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski, who hasn't played in a preseason game since 2012, makes the walk across the field to the Patriots locker room.

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.34th
Rushing Yards117.07th
Points For27.43rd
Points Against15.61st

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