Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 8/27/13

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
BY NICK ST. DENISTom Brady isn't a fourth preseason game-caliber player. That doesn't mean he's above playing in the fourth preseason game.The New England Patriots signal-caller told ESPN Boston Tuesday he expects to play in Thursday's preseason finale, which is typically a mad dash of second- third- and fourth stringers trying to cling to the depth chart.The Patriots have almost completely uprooted and re-planted Brady's surroundings over the past six months, so Brady is looking to take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen his connection with the newcomers."We've got a lot of different guys, different faces, especially at the skill positions that have to be a big part of our offense this year," Brady said, "so the more time we can get under game conditions -- like I said before, we're on the clock, there's play clocks, there's game clocks, different substitution packages, stuff like that."There's a lot to do. Like you said, in 10 days we play a real game, so this is a final...
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