Ok i have a ton to report tonight. Luckily i found seats two rows up from the field and sat directly in front of the Offensive line practices. Heard a bit of juicy "chewing out" from Dante!
But first things first.
Players not there included Sullivan, Samuel, Russ Hochstein, Seymour and Bruschi (which is now known as a "wrist injury")
-While QB's were warming up they each had a center snapping to them. Luckily Koppen was snapping balls to Brady even though he wasn't dressed in uniform.
-Belichick worked all day with the Defense. Never came over to the offense once. Was watching ST's as well.
- QB's, WR's and RB's moved to passing drills. Brady was mostly dead on with his passes. Threw one pass almost over Watson but Watson made an amazing one handed grab. Thomas, Watson, Brown, Reche, Maroney, Jackson, Dillon and Stone all caught the ball regularly.
-Maroney on a side note i watched extra careful catching to see if he is a body receiver or a hands receiver. He caught 7 out of 8 balls with his hands only. Including one way over thrown by one of either Bramlet or Mortenson. Maroney actually ran into the offensive line drills to catch the ball over his shoulder in bounds. Got big cheers. There's nothing bad i can really report on the Maroney front. He's fast, has good ball possession, catches with hands and holds on, picks up on Blitzing coverages, i mean if Dillon falters a bit this kid looks like a diamond mine.
-Bam Childress was back tonight and caught some balls and looks like his competition is basically Jon Stone. Stone has been remarkable through camp and I've been too four of them already. I read some reporter say he looked horrible, but guess what he makes every catch thrown his way even if its a bad pass. Bam Childress and Jon Stone could make for a great 5th WR battle spot. I wouldn't be surprised to see Stone win either.
-Now to the offensive line. The starting line consisted of Light, Mankins, Neal and Gorin. Followed by random packages of other OL we have in camp at this moment. When it came time for blocking drills Dante was watching everyone extra carefully. Light looked strong, kept his posture push well. Same for Neal, Gorin (yes i said Gorin) and especially Mankins. While the following players were told that they were not blocking correctly. Wesley Britt at center, Billy Yates and Nick Steitz. The last two visually disgusted Dante making him shake his head in disgust and tell both players. That's not the way your supposed to be blocking. Talking to Yates specifically he told he was blocking out and not pushing straight up into the player, saying that that would cause an open hole for someone to blitz. Which is true. Britt just snapping issues. Another side note. Barthelmes, Mrucz, Stevenson look rather identical to some of our players starting. Don't be surprised to see them on the PS if not immediately on the team.
-Wilson took more snaps at Corner. Having me believe maybe Belichick doesn't completely trust Hobbs at corner yet. Sanders and Hawkins were the two starting safeties. Chad Scott had some good stuff tonight really showed he could start in a pinch. Warfield, well he still scares me a bit. Something about him right now makes me feel uneasy he hasn't looked bad but hasn't done anything good yet either. Tebcuky and Mel Mitchell played as the backup safeties. Mel looked a bit lost out there. Tebucky looked like a headhunter. Hobbs made a few good plays tonight when he was actually in.
-Chad Brown looks quick at outside. Looks like he could have had a sack or two if it weren't just a practice. Didn't see much of TBC or Alexander. Klecko looked like he was playing nose and DE tonight. Weird.
-Brady at the 2 minute drive was flawless. They could have started that clock at 55 seconds and Brady would have scored he looked that dead on. two passes to Reche (both great catches by him). One Sliding catch by Jackson. One TD catch from Brown.
- Cassel in the two minute dive not so good but still managed to get down to the 18. If Keron didn't miss the pass off his hands Cassel would have scored too. The thing about Cassel whenever i see him though is that he has the arm power to throw but not the accuracy at times. He can throw a dead on pass one play but then the next throw way over everyone's head or right into the ground 5 feet ahead of the receiver.
That's all i have for now. I might have forgot some stuff and if i have i will post it later. But if anyone has any questions about the practice or about a certain player don't be afraid to ask. Also feel free to criticize!
Thanks for reading.