Just got home (had a few stops to make, plus heavy traffic on 495), and I've only had a chance to glance at the blogs, so I apologize if some of this has already been covered:
-No Stallworth, Meriweather, Brown, or Samuel. I could have sworn I didn't see Hilliard out there, but apparently he was.
-Practiced opened up as usual, with punting drills. Here were the gunner pairs (left, right): (Washington, Williams), (Anam, Andrews), (Baker, Kight), (Richardson, Gay) - I might have mixed a few of the pairs up, both those were definitely the 8 out there.
-Punt returners: Welker, Faulk, Bam.
-Starting OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur
-Second OL: Britt, Mruczkowski, Hochstein, Yates, O'Callaghan
-Third OL: Hilliard, RANDOM, Elgin, Barthelmes, Oldenburg
-Starting DL: Green, Wilfork, Warren
-Starting LBs: Vrabel (LOLB), Thomas (SILB), Bruschi (WILB), Colvin (ROLB)
-Second LBs: Brown/Rogers (LOLB), Lua/Izzo (SILB), Mays (WILB), Woods (ROLB)
-Seau, in the no-contact jersey, stood about 30 yards behind the play on the 11v11 drills and mimicked whatever he would normally be doing at the line. He was wearing a wrap on his right arm - something he normally wears on both arms.
-Brady put on a black band around his right upper-arm, partially hidden by his white armband there. This is something he did all of last year too.
-Harrison had a wrap on his upper-right arm as well. He wore it last year after his shoulder injury, and it's also something Neal wears frequently.
-With Caserio in there, there was a new set of WR drills this year. Gone were the four-square passing drill and the blocking dummy diving drill. In were a 4-point weaving catch drill and some in/out cut drills.
-Bill O'Brien, the new offensive assistant coach, worked with Caserio on the WRs. In the in/out cut drill, he was close enough to be heard. Bam slipped in on of his cuts and then dropped the pass, so O'Brien made him take the drill over and told him to not spend so much time in his cut. This was a departure from the in-cut drill, where O'Brien had to remind a few of the guys to stutter-step more. Caserio worked the other 4 receivers (including Moss and Caldwell) on the far side.
-Dropped pass brigade: Washington (skeleton drill), Jones (bobble, 4-point catch drill), Gaffney (passing drill), Childress (4-point catch drill), Watson (skeleton drill).
-When Brady came over to practice with the medicine ball and McDaniels near the beginning of the practice, the crowd started to go wild, and Brady did his signature hard clap to pump up the crowd.
-Moss and Welker had plenty of nice catches on the day, drawing cheers from the crowd.
-Generally, Welker and Moss were on the first team (with a random 3rd man for 3-WR sets), and Gaffney/Caldwell/Washington were the 3 second-teamers. Bam, Kight, Dunlap, and Jones were the leftovers, and mainly played defense in the offensive 7v7 drills with Gutierrez, Oldenburg, and the rest of the 3rd teamers.
-Kyle Brady is a large, large man.
-All players had #91 decals on the backs of their helmets.
-Adalius Thomas batted down a pass intended for Kranchick.
-Lots and lots of falling down at the line today. The OL seemed to employ a "knock 'em over" strategy, and the DL was on their butts all day. It was a mosh pit at some points.
-It was hot. Damn hot.
-Matt Patricia was in long pants and a sweatshirt. 'Nuff said.
-Pioli was there the entire time, along with Kraft (not Jonathan, of course - he does all the work). They both chatted it up for a bit, then Pioli fielded a few calls on his phone.
-Hobbs left the field at one point (which I saw), but returned (didn't see that - thanks Mrs. B - who I also saw on her way in with the crew, and chatting it up with Mike Reiss.).
-Signing today were the RBs (and Ivan Fears), plus Brady, Bruschi, Moss, and Vrabel/Woods, who stuck around to practice with each other. I got autographs from Maroney, Evans, Vrabel, and Faulk.
-As we all knew, there was tons and tons of construction going on. This meant for new routes, many walking paths off-limits, and some traffic (and confusion) getting down to the Pro Shop. The Pro Shop, as Reiss pointed out, is definitely temporary. Basically a big balloon.
-More to come, if I can remember...
They're in reverse-chronological order: