The New England Patriots have a lengthy list of players who will not be throwing on the pads for Friday’s Week Three preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers, but one player who is expected to see increased action for the five-time Super Bowl champions is 41-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, according to USA Today Patriots Wire. Brady will likely see his longest stretch on the field of the three preseason games so far, when the contest kicks off with a live stream from Charlotte, North Carolina.
After seeing no action in preseason Week One, Brady was on the field against the Philadelphia Eagles — the team that defeated New England in Super Bowl 52, as USA Today recounts — long enough to make 26 pass attempts and complete 19 of them, per NFL stats. Brady hit receivers for a pair of touchdowns as the Patriots topped Philadelphia 37-20.
On the other side of the ball, Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera says that he plans to take his own eighth-car veteran starting quarterback, 28-year-old Cam Newton, all the way into the third quarter, according to the Herald Online.
“We will have to look at what is happening in the game. I don’t want to get ahead of that stuff,” Rivera said earlier in the week. “We’ve talked about how we can protect and the things that we can do to help. And we will see what happens…. We’ll see as the game develops.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of Friday’s New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers NFL preseason week three game, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday, August 24. In the Pacific Time Zone that start time will be 4:30 p.m.
Brady is expected to play into the third quarter as well, according to Patriots Wire, after admitting that he felt rusty after his performance against the Eagles.
Running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, linebacker Harvey Langi, safety Nate Ebner, and tight ends Jacob Hollister and Ryan Izzo will all remain on the sidelines for the Patriots during Friday night’s preseason game, according to a report by Boston sports cable network NESN.
Newton completed nine of 12 passes in the Panthers second preseason game, against the Miami Dolphins, but came away unsatisfied with his performance, according to the Panthers site.
“I still am somewhat dissatisfied. But at the end of the day, bouncing back and finishing on a good note is important. It affects sleep,” Newton said. “Just knowing the mistakes that were made — we are not far off.”
New England Patriots fans who live in the local TV market will be able to watch the game against the Carolina Panthers live stream for free right off the NFL website. And in the Carolina region, Panthers fans can watch a live stream via the NFL’s site as well.
Outside of those markets, NFL Game Pass also offers a free trial period to watch a live stream of the Patriots vs. Panthers preseason NFL clash at no charge, if the subscription is cancelled before the trial period is over.