|Notes from Monday PM Practice||08.17.09 at 5:55 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots just finished up their afternoon practice in full pads down here at Gillette Stadium:
•The 25th practice of the 2009 training camp was another hot one. No one keeled over this afternoon, but the hot temperatures certainly limited the crowds — one of the smallest crowds of camp witnessed the afternoon session.
•According to my count, the following players were not in attendance: punter Chris Hanson, wide receiver Brandon Tate, running back Sammy Morris, linebacker Paris Lenon, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, linebacker Tedy Bruschi, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer, tight end Alex Smith, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Benjamin Watson, tight end Tyson DeVree, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Ty Warren, defensive lineman Jarvis Green and defensive lineman Mike Wright.
•One of the highlights of the session came when Tom Brady found Randy Moss with a pass on a 7-on-7 drill with a ball that split defenders James Sanders and Leigh Bodden. A nice hookup all around — really well done. It’s hardly a surprise, but the two really seemed to click today, connecting on a few nice passes. (There was one overthrow between the two of them, a deep ball that came with Terrence Wheatley in coverage.)
•It wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops for Brady, however. In the previously mentioned 7-on-7 drill, he was unable to find an open target downfield. Seemingly exasperated, he took off for a few quick steps, and then punted the ball down the field. Brady wasn’t the only one to kick a ball away in anger — toward the end of practice, the quarterback found Joey Galloway with a nice pass on a deep ball in the corner of the end zone. However, the ball went right through Galloway’s hands, drawing a groan from the crowd. The veteran receiver gently booted the ball into the bleachers in disgust.
•The running backs were involved in a blitz pickup drill on linebackers, and there were mixed results. Jerod Mayo absolutely flattened the new guy Chris Taylor, simply pushing him back into the quarterback. (Welcome to Foxborough, new guy.) In the same drill, veteran Kevin Faulk did an impressive job holding off an onrushing Vinny Ciurciu.
•Kevin O’Connell struggled with some situational football later in practice, but had a bright moment about midway through the session when he connected with Galloway on a deep ball down the middle of the field, beating Jamar Love, who was in coverage.
•There was more special teams work, with Julian Edelman, Kevin Faulk and Pat Chung serving as punt returners.
•Toward the end of practice, the Patriots unveiled a new offensive wrinkle. We would love to reveal more, but rules (specifically, rule No. 1 in the “General Media Training Camp Policy” that states, “Please do not report on offensive or defensive strategy. This includes describing formations, personnel groups or non-conventional plays.”) prevent us from saying any more.
|Bill Belichick Q&A, 8/17||08.17.09 at 5:35 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of Bill Belichick’s Q&A with the media today at Gillette Stadium:
|Pats official press release on personnel moves||08.17.09 at 3:20 pm ET|
Here’s the complete text of the announcement from the Patriots regarding the moves they made earlier today:
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|Patriots’ Offensive Line Fights Heat||08.17.09 at 2:53 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — Monday marked yet another hot and humid day at Gillette Stadium. Logan Mankins spoke to reporters after practice just one day after being carted off the field for an undisclosed reason — he explained Monday what happened. Dan Koppen also spoke to reporters about staying cool in the intense heat and also on having Tom Brady back. Click on the audio below to listen to the comments made this morning by both Koppen and Mankins.
|Pats running on reserves||08.17.09 at 2:22 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH – While the Patriots were stockpiling running backs like Fred Taylor in the off-season, there was this perception that the Patriots backfield behind Tom Brady was getting crowded.
Bill Belichick reminded on Monday that looks can be deceiving. The Patriots began camp with Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk all the backfield and all with legitimate hopes of significant playing time once the season begins.
But don’t think for a moment that there are too many running backs to juggle, even with Monday’s addition of Chris Taylor, a free agent who last played for the Houston Texans last season.
|Notes on Monday AM Practice Session||08.17.09 at 1:12 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots just wrapped up their Monday morning session down here in sweltering Foxborough, and here are a few notes worth passing along:
•The Patriots were in pads for what might have been the hottest practice of camp and the 24th overall. No players suffered heat-related maladies, but it was clear this practice had a more low-key feel that the rest. There was still some hitting, but there wasn’t the same level of intensity we’ve seen in the past.
•By our account, the following players weren’t present for this morning’s practice: punter Chris Hanson, wide receiver Brandon Tate, cornerback Shawn Springs, running back Sammy Morris, linebacker Paris Lenon, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, offensive tackle Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, wide receiver Randy Moss, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Benjamin Watson, tight end Tyson DeVree, tight end Chris Baker, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, linebacker Shawn Crable and defensive lineman Mike Wright.
•New running back Chris Taylor was rotated slowly into many of the running back drills. He didn’t take too many reps, standing off to the side for much of the 11 on 11 portion of practice and picking up many of the nuances of the New England offense. He spoke with reporters after practice, and said he knew many of his new teammates already, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and defensive back Herana-Daze Jones.
•Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite wore a red, non-contact jersey again this morning.
•There was some extensive work done on kick returns — the Patriots went back to special teams over and over again.
•In passing drills, Kevin O’Connell spent a lot of time working with Tom Brady, while veteran Andrew Walter was working with rookie Brian Hoyer. Hoyer had a nice moment when he rolled out and found Terrence Nunn on a nice connection. Later on in the morning, Walter hit Julian Edelman on a nice crossing pattern over the middle. And my new camp binky Sam Aiken made a nice grab of a Brady pass. (Brady and Joey Galloway later just missed on a deep ball down the middle later on when Brady overshot the veteran wide receiver.)
•One of the highlights of the session came on a Hoyer pass for Nunn down the sidelines. A deep ball, the pass was caught, but was likely reviewable if it was a game situation. (For his part, safety James Sanders — who was in coverage — made no secret about the fact that he believed it was out of bounds.) If it was in bounds, it was a heckuva catch, one of the best in camp thus far.
|Pats trade Smith, add Taylor||08.17.09 at 11:45 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots announced this morning they have traded defensive lienman Le Kevin Smith to Denver. In addition, they have picked up running back Chris Taylor, most recently of the Texans. More to come.
UPDATE: Coach Belichick has just announced that the compensation for the Smith deal “should be related” to the Oakland trade for Derrick Burgess.
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