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Practice observations: a soggy night
Just a few items to pass along from this evening’s two-hour practice which at times saw both heavy rain and drizzle inside Gillette Stadium.
*** Randy Moss was out with a soccer ball prior to the start of practice, kicking it around, doing various footwork drills. Wideout Wes Welker, who hooked Moss on the benefits of training with the soccer ball, and Jabar Gaffney also joined in. *** Ellis Hobbs, who had been taking it slow since being removed from the PUP list, got a lot more time at right corner than he had in previous workouts, especially on the first unit defense. Fernando Bryant, meanwhile, played the left side. Bryant had previously been playing the right side, with rookie Terrence Wheatley on the left. With corners Lewis Sanders, Antwann Spann, rookie Jonathan Wilhite and Jason Webster not practicing, the team was incredibly thin at the position for the practice.
So Hobbs was one of the main men. On one play, he broke up a long pass intended for rookie Matthew Slater.
*** As it was earlier in the day, the offensive line was slightly re-configured. The first unit had tackles Nick Kaczur and Wesley Britt essentially swapping sides. Kaczur moved from left tackle back to his usual slot at right takle, while Britt moved across to left tackle. Newly acquired John Welbourn also saw time on the second unit at right tackle.
*** With Matt Gutierrez absent from practice, rookie Kevin O’Connell got a lot more reps. He continues to show a lot of poise, and the ability to make things happen with his feet. He also continues to make some mistakes. He was picked off by Brandon Meriweather, who had a pair of interceptions on the night, the other coming off Matt Cassel.
*** While wide receiver Chad Jackson has spent some time with the first offense, that wasn’t the case last night. He didn’t take any snaps when Tom Brady was the quarterback.
**** Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick put the team through quite a bit of running at the close of practice. He also had all the quarterbacks (Brady, Cassel and O’Connell) stay late, well after all of the other players had left, practicing center-to-quarterback exchanges. The trio, along with centers Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell, were kept nearly 20 minutes after practice ended, to go over snaps. During practice, several exchanges had been botched in the slippery conditions.
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Wait! Merriweather held onto not one but two INTs???
I'm bookin tix to the SB.
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This is known as "bad luck." RAH
I'm wondering if Mangini got Favre to stay late with Mangold. Except staying late after practice probably isn't in Favre's contract.
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His Lordship has his balls lifted to him on a golden cushion, no possibility of error.
From Peter King:
a. Remember what Steve Mariucci once told me about Favre, and apply it to learning a new offense. "He's got a photographic memory, or very close to it,'' Mariucci, his former quarterback coach, said. "You think he's sleeping there in the meetings, and he still knows everything he has to know and doesn't make mental mistakes.''
My Favre memory story: Two nights after seeing Sling Blade in 1996, he couldn't stop talking like Billy Bob Thornton. I'm not talking just a few words in the Billy Bob voice as the developmentally disabled vigilante Karl; I'm talking paragraphs. "I reckon I kilt him,'' he'd say in the Thornton drawl. And on and on. "Some folks call it a sling blade. I call it a Kaiser blade. Mmm-hmm.''
He'll learn it well enough. Chemistry with the receivers, now that's another issue.