Notes from Day 5 of Training Camp
|08.03.09 at 11:48 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Monday morning practice session just wrapped up down here at Gillette Stadium, and here are a few notes to pass along:
•It was a bright, sunny and hot day — probably the nicest day of camp thus far, with a big crowd. There were several “Happy Birthday, Tom Brady” signs in the bleachers and on the hill — today marks the 32nd birthday of the Patriots quarterback. (One read: “Aug. 3, 1977: The Day Greatness Was Born.”)
•By our count, the following players were not on the field for practice: wide receiver Brandon Tate, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, cornerback Shawn Springs, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, linebacker Tedy Bruschi, offensive lineman Al Johnson, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, defensive lineman Darryl Richard, wide receiver Randy Moss, tight end Ben Watson, defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, defensive lineman Ty Warren and linebacker Shawn Crable.
•Wide receiver Terrence Nunn made a couple of really nice catches in drills early on, one where he tiptoed along the back of the end zone, keeping his feet in bounds. In addition, he had a sweet reception in the corner of the end zone.
•No worries about Brady’s knee, at least so far — he could be seen running from one drill to another, and at one point, he hopped over a 10-yard marker. So he’s not Edwin Moses, but still…
•A few really good moments in the 11-on-11 drills, which seemed to focus mainly on red-zone work. Wide receiver Greg Lewis had a great grab, elevating over defensive backs Leigh Bodden and James Sanders to pull in the ball in the corner of the end zone. In addition, tight end Dave Thomas delivered a CRUSHING block on some poor defensive back (we believe it was Pat Chung, but we aren’t 100 percent sure) to open a big hole for running back Sammy Morris. And in the same series of 11-on-11 drills, Brady was flushed out of the pocket and had to throw on the run. He fired a tough but ultimately catchable ball to receiver Joey Galloway, who ended up with the drop.
•Brady and Galloway spent some extra time together. The two could be seen conversing several times throughout the day, and when they connected on one touchdown pass in red zone work, Brady sought out Galloway for a high five. (Galloway later could be seen on the second practice field working with the three backup quarterbacks — the veteran was running routes and making catches, while the quarterbacks were lofting passes.) Brady also worked extensively with tight end Chris Baker after practice.
•No love for Brady on his birthday — after a botched snap with center Dan Koppen, he had to run a lap just like everyone else. Later on in the morning session, left tackle Matt Light was flagged for a false start, and had to do some running of his own.
•There were several teachable moments during the session, but a nice one took place right in front of the media tent when Julian Edelman botched a catch on a quick pattern, slipping and falling. Wes Welker then stepped in and ran the correct route flawlessly while Edelman could be seen on the side getting direction. Edelman then jumped back in and caught the next pass without an issue.
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