Notes from 08/04 morning session

Posted on August 4, 2008 
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Here are a few notes from the recently concluded morning practice session at Gillette Stadium:

Most of the starters — including quarterback Tom Brady, wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker, linebacker Tedy Bruschi and defensive lineman Richard Seymour — were not present for the duration of practice. However, a handful of first-teamers on both the offense (including running backs Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney, Heath Evans and LaMont Jordan) and defense (including linebacker Adalius Thomas and nose tackle Vince Wilfork) were on the field. Players were in full pads.

A WET MONDAY FOR ROOKIES: For the second day of camp, rookies were forced to endure another wet one when they were squirted with the hose in what some call a “pig drill.” No Bruschi meant a staff member was the one spraying them, while assistant coach Pepper Johnson rolled the football for them to fetch.

CASSEL AND GUTIERREZ GET PLENTY OF WORK: With no Brady, Matt Cassel and Matt Gutierrez got the bulk of the reps with the starting offense, while rookie Kevin O’Connell stepped in as an occasional reliever. On several offensive drills, Cassel lined up in front of an offensive line that consisted of left tackle Nick Kaczur, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Billy Yates and right tackle Wesley Britt.

VENTRONE IS EVERYWHERE: Ray Ventrone continues his quest to make the 53-man roster by volunteering to do just about anything. This morning, he lined up at both safety and wide receiver (and probably a few other spots in the field), and made a nice catch over the middle on a dart thrown by Cassel which drew a round of applause.

TACKLING DRILLS: In a series of tackling drills, Vince Redd made a nice stop on Heath Evans, drawing an “ooohhhh” from the crowd, while Jerod Mayo took down Kelley Washington with a nice form tackle.


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