Tom Brady averted disaster with his left knee injury and returned to practice Thursday, so Patriots fans can stop worrying about their star quarterback.
Instead, when the Patriots take the field Friday night against the Buccaneers in the second exhibition game, attention instead should be focused on the side of the football that deserves scrutiny: the defense.
New England’s pass defense has finished 29th or worst in yards allowed in each of the past three years, but the secondary isn’t the top concern.
The area that needs the most improvement, actually, is the pass rush, which used to be Bill Belichick’s area of expertise when he coached Lawrence Taylor and the Giants defense to two Super Bowl titles in the 1980s. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.