Howe: 5 things to watch for in Patriots preseason opener

After a dozen practices, including three joint workouts with the Jaguars, the Patriots are set to open their four-week preseason slate tonight at Gillette Stadium. But don’t expect Tom Brady and the veteran starters to be on the field after a productive week on the practice field. Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and receivers Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman highlight the list of veterans expected to sit, according to sources. As always, Bill Belichick reserves the right to change his mind and thrust the starters onto the field at the last moment in a be-ready-for-anything coaching tactic, but the plan is to keep them out. This decision had been expected, as Brady and the offensive and defensive