On Thursday morning, the New England Patriots welcomed their fans back to Gillette Stadium for the first open public practice of 2016 Training Camp.
As expected fans came out in droves for the 9am start time, over 12,000 attended the session, with the annual “running of the fans” following the opening of the gates.
Official sign of training camp: Patriots fans running to find seats once gates open at 8:30 a.m pic.twitter.com/4vSVw9Dn9Z
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) July 28, 2016
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 28, 2016
— STEVE BURTON (@STEVEBURTONWBZ) July 28, 2016
On social media, many players voiced their excitement to be back on the field in front of Patriot Nation.
Feels good to be back at it!!#Patriots
— Rob Ninkovich (@ninko50) July 28, 2016
While others are stepping away to focus.
Welp….. It's been real Twitter…. See u in a few weeks….. #spreadlove
— Terrance Knighton (@MisterRoast98) July 27, 2016
Teammate comrade was on display courtesy of Matthew Slater.
Matt Slater – wearing 43 – paying homage to teammate Nate Ebner, who's prepping for the Rio Olympics. pic.twitter.com/O1WOfKcFvD
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) July 28, 2016
Roger Goodell is still not welcome.
— Jean Nagy (@jeannagy) July 28, 2016
The best sound bites of the first day came from none other than Rob Gronkowski following practice.
Hey, Rob Gronkowski, does Jimmy Garoppolo scramble better than Tom Brady?
Gronk: "No one makes better scrambled eggs than me."
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) July 28, 2016
Rob Gronkowski says "come on" when asked if he thought Tom Brady's suspension was fair. @tgsports
— Rich Garven (@RichGarvenTG) July 28, 2016
Lastly, Scott Sullivan of WBZ TV shared this heart tugging video of Nate Solder spending time with his son Hudson on the field.
— Scott Sullivan (@SullyBunz) July 28, 2016
Posted Under: Patriots Commentary
Tags: Brandon Bolden Danny Amendola Julian Edelman Matthew Slater Nate Solder Rob Gronkowski Rob Ninkovich Terrance Knighton