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So I'm not always the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but I'm starting to sense a pattern here: three morning practice sessions, no Randy Moss at any of them.
But Moss wasn't the only one not spotted on the sun-baked fields this morning: Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green, Tedy Bruschi, Benjamin Watson, Jonathan Wilhite, Tom Malone, Al Johnson, Ryan O'Callaghan and Myron Pryor, plus the list of PUP guys and Brandon Tate, were also not on the field.
It wasn't the sharpest day for the Pats' quarterbacks, as they were either off the mark or getting picked off...
* Kickoffs were fielded by Laurence Maroney, Darius Butler, Terrence Wheatley, Kevin Faulk, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman. Faulk got an earful from Bill Belichick when he muffed a kickoff.
In 11-on-11 work:
* Tom Brady missed Wes Welker on back-to-back plays, once out wide and once over the middle. When Brady rotated back under center, he went over the top to Welker with Brandon McGowan in coverage. The throw was a touch ahead of Welker, who reached out, got a hand on it, and nearly made what would have been a spectacular grab.
It’s the second time around for Blackberry posting from Patriots practice, and it wasn’t completely ridiculous. So, let’s try it again.
What did we see from the morning session? –The Patriots spent two sessions working on their kickoff kickoff game, with Laurence Maroney, Matthew Slater, Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler, and Wes Welker taking some reps.
– After misfiring on some throws early during passing drills, QB Tom Brady was on point for the rest of team work. Welker nearly reeled in a perfectly thrown deep ball, while Brady seemed to make sound decisions on short and medium range passes.
•Jerod Mayo leveled Sammy Morris as he took a handoff in a team drill.
•Wes Welker dropped a long ball in the end zone from Tom Brady. Welker reached for the ball which was a little ahead of him and almost reeled it in. Brandon McGowan was in coverage.
•Joey Galloway took a Tom Brady screen pass off the chest which resulted in the ball bouncing up into the air and into the arms of Terrence Wheatley for the interception.
Vince Wilfork addressed the media for the first time of camp and reiterated his desire to be on the field. He stressed once again that he has no intentions of staging any holdout and has participated in each of the five practices thus far. He and Jerod Mayo drew the largest crowds during the media time while Adalius Thomas also took some time to speak with reporters.
For more on Wilfork check out patriots.com later this afternoon. Until then, here are some oberservations from the team’s fifth practice of training camp:
*There were a couple of additions to the attendance list Saturday morning with punter Tom Malone and tight end Benjamin Watson missing their first practices. They were joined on the sidelines by Jonathan Wilhite, who missed his second straight practice, Tedy Bruschi, Al Johnson, Ryan O’Callaghan, Randy Moss, Myron Pryor, Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green. Moss continued his pattern of missing the first practice of the day, which he’s done for three straight days. There were no changes to the official lists as none of the six players who opened camp on PUP/NFI returned.
*Wilfork was once again anchoring the defensive line but with Seymour, Ty Warren and Green out it left Mike Wright, Le Kevin Smith and rookie Ron Brace working alongside. Combinations of that group worked in some 9-on-7 drills that saw the running game show signs of life.
Who’s hot: Ron Brace – The rookie has been getting more opportunities with the likes of Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Jarvis Green missing from practice, but Brace seems to be making the most of them. He’s shown active feet and good strength as he learns the techniques of two-gapping up front.
Who’s not: Kevin Faulk – When you’ve been around as long as Faulk has and been as surehanded as he has, it’s tough to call him out for mishandling one kickoff. But watching him drop Stephen Gostkowski’s kick during a return drill was just so shocking that it had to be included.
Play of the day –Greg Lewis ran a post corner on Terrence Wheatley and got behind the second-year corner, but even when safety Brandon McGowan came over to help Lewis was still able to make the catch of a perfectly thrown pass from Matt Gutierrez.
Day 3, first Patriots practice
Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff
August 1, 2009 01:42 PM
FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots held their fifth overall training camp practice this morning (9:30-11:15) and were once again in full pads. That's five straight full-padded practices.
Receiver Randy Moss has had a reduced on-field workload, as he was not present for this session. Over the last two days, Moss has not practiced in the morning, before returning in the afternoon.
A few observations from the session:
1) Ron Brace working at end. Second-round draft choice Ron Brace (40th overall) spent most of the practice at defensive end when the Patriots were working in their 3-4 alignment. While Brace projects as a possible nose tackle of the future, this is one example of how the Patriots build versatility by cross-training players. At 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, Brace is a hard player to move on the line. While he was subbed out of an inside running drill -- it looked like he might have faltered with his technique -- Brace has made an overall solid impression in hanging tough in the physical battles up front.
2) Kickoff return work on the agenda. The Patriots devoted plenty of practice time to the kickoff return game, which might have some added importance with the NFL's new rules which prohibit wedges of three players or more. Laurence Maroney, Matthew Slater, Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler, Kevin Faulk, Terrence Nunn and Julian Edelman were among those returning kicks. Faulk dropped one and appeared to hurt his right arm in the process, but he continued to practice.
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