One of the perils of the short weeks caused by Thursday games is the lack of time to prepare.
So the Patriots, tasked with getting ready for Geno Smith and the Jets in two days, have decided not to.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots have scheduled just a walk-through for today, meaning there won’t be a full practice session prior to Thursday’s game.
Expect the Jets to play this for full dramatic effect, using it to fuel the no-respect engine that keeps players moving.
But the reality is, there was a long week in front of the opener, giving Bill Belichick and his staff plenty of time to game-plan. And with a roster that’s still populated by stars nursing injuries, easing up a bit now might be the more prudent play for the long season ahead.