Brady, Smith sit as Patriots beat Redskins 26-17 - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Brady, Smith sit as Patriots beat Redskins 26-17

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy passes against the New England Patriots during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy passes against the New England Patriots during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy passes against the New England Patriots during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy passes against the New England Patriots during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). New England Patriots running back Ralph Webb (22) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). New England Patriots running back Ralph Webb (22) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England might have found a running back in undrafted free agent Ralph Webb.

Washington may have lost one with a knee injury to second-round pick Derrius Guice.

Webb ran for two touchdowns and also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions on Thursday night as the defending AFC champions rallied from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat Washington 26-17 in the teams' exhibition openers.

"I've been working my whole life for this, to come out here and get a chance to compete," said Webb, who was undrafted out of Vanderbilt and listed ninth among nine running backs on the Patriots' depth chart. "I'm blessed to be able to be here and say that I did it."

Guice, the No. 59 overall pick from LSU, was slow getting up after a 34-yard run that was negated by a penalty late in the first quarter. Coach Jay Gruden said he would have an MRI on his knee on Friday.

"I just said a little prayer for Derrius," Washington quarterback Colt McCoy said. "I hope he's OK."

McCoy outplayed New England's Brian Hoyer in a scrimmage of backup quarterbacks, while starters Tom Brady and Alex Smith stayed on the sidelines counting their money.

On the day that the Patriots reportedly sweetened Brady's contract with $5 million in incentives, the reigning NFL MVP sat out the game, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"Some players played and some players didn't," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "We wanted to take a look at some guys."

ESPN reported before the game that the Patriots would add $5 million in incentives to Brady's contract, which was due to pay him $15 million. That would bring the 41-year-old, five-time Super Bowl champion closer in pay to less accomplished quarterbacks around the league - including Smith, who got a four-year, $94 million extension from Washington.

Brady's agent, Don Yee, did not respond to an email seeking comment. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team does not comment on contracts.

McCoy completed 13 of 18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a little less than a half, helping to stake Washington to a 17-0 lead before he was replaced by third-stringer Kevin Hogan.

Hoyer struggled against the Washington starters, but drove New England to a pair of second-half touchdowns, including Webb's 8-yard TD run followed by the catch on a 2-point conversion that gave New England an 18-17 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Trent Harris strip-sacked Hogan and Geneo Grissom recovered the ball and ran 53 yards before he was brought down near the goal line. Webb punched it in for the touchdown and also ran in the conversion to make it 26-17.

Hoyer was 16 of 23 for 144 yards.

TWO HALVES

The Patriots offense did little until back-to-back 20-plus yard catches by Devin Lucien set up Stephen Gostkowski's 52-yard field goal just before halftime. Mike Gillislee ran seven times for 31 yards on a drive that set up Jeremy Hill's 1-yard run.

Webb made it 18-17 with nine minutes left in the game and added an insurance score with 3:27 to play. Washington's Dustin Hopkins, who kicked a 52-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter, banged a 56-yarder off the left upright just inside the two-minute warning.

Third-stringer Danny Etling, a seventh-round draft pick, was 2 of 5 for 21 yards, with a fumble for New England. Hogan completed 7 of 9 passes for 44 yards, but also fumbled for Washington.

INJURIES

Washington was hit with a slew of injuries. Also needing medical attention: TE Manasseh Gardner (knee), and WR Trey Quinn, who took a hard shot in the side from Patriots cornerback Ryan Lewis and took a few minutes to get up before heading to the medical tent.

"Trey Quinn is getting checked," Gruden said. "Some internal stuff going on."

LEADING THE CHARGE

As usual, Brady led the team out of the tunnel before the game. But he was not carrying a helmet as he jogged onto the field. Julian Edelman, who missed all of last season with a knee injury and will miss the first four games of 2018 because of a suspension for performance-enhancers, sprinted the length of the field.

BIG PLAY

McCoy hit Cam Sims with a 57-yard pass midway through the second quarter. Sims pulled the ball down behind his defender, made one person miss at the sideline and dodged another before he was brought down at the 2. Two plays later, McCoy connected with Maurice Harris to give Washington a 17-0 lead.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

All of the players on each team appeared to stand for the national anthem, some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts. The Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty.

NEXT UP

Washington: Hosts the New York Jets on Thursday night in its second exhibition game.

Patriots: Play their second and final home preseason game on Thursday night with a Super Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

    Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-08-16 06:18:18 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:13:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Locher). In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Maria Nieto, right, and Alma Romo, second from left, register people to vote in Las Vegas. Democrats in Nevada are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping ...(AP Photo/John Locher). In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Maria Nieto, right, and Alma Romo, second from left, register people to vote in Las Vegas. Democrats in Nevada are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping ...
    Nevada Democrats are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping to re-create the big wins the state's Hispanic and immigrant community helped deliver in 2016.More >>
    Nevada Democrats are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping to re-create the big wins the state's Hispanic and immigrant community helped deliver in 2016.More >>
  • Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

    Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-08-15 05:56:09 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:12:55 GMT
    (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP). Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, background left, and running mate Michelle Fischbach as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 201...(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP). Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, background left, and running mate Michelle Fischbach as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 201...
    Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career.More >>
    Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career.More >>
  • Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

    Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:51:31 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:11:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y.
    Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.More >>
    Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.More >>
Powered by Frankly