Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed questions about his health on Monday at a press conference inside Gillette Stadium. The team leader shrugged off questions about the foot injury which has kept him away from the field. The 31-year old felt that he was ready to play in week one against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the decision wasn't up to him.
"If it is up to me, there is no question," Brady said of being able to play. "I am always hoping that I am going to be out there and preparing the same way. I think I have been getting progressively better over the last couple of weeks."
In Brady's place, fourth year veteran Matt Cassel took most of the snaps with the first team offense. His production wasn't nearly as inspiring as hoped, after he failed to lead the team to a single touchdown.
Cassel wasn't as concerned about the preseason misfires as the media may have been, but he did admit to making mistakes and trying to work harder to get past them. Brady shrugged off the team's misfires without him in the lineup and was looking forward to the opener.
"The last four games have not been up to our level of expectations," Said Brady. "I think this [Chiefs game] is a great opportunity for us to really build some confidence in our team and build some momentum going forward."
What about that proverbial rust factor?
Brady didn't think his absence from games would be a problem. He noted how wide receiver Randy Moss was able to shrug off the preseason to set NFL records last year.
"I practiced a lot this preseason," he said. "It was just the last couple of weeks I didn't practice as much or play. Randy [Moss] didn't play the entire preseason last year and it didn't affect him a whole lot. I am hoping it doesn't affect me a whole lot."
The Patriots play the Chiefs on Sunday in Gillette Stadium for their season opener. As Brady knows, the team is already excited to get the season going.
"There is going to be a lot of energy," he said. "It is a home opener and the guys are excited. The guys are excited to see what we can put out there. I am excited, excited to start the year."