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Notes from Monday PM practice

08.03.09 at 6:23 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH — Hey all … some quick notes from Monday afternoon practice, which was held outside in shorts and shells:

•Birthday boy Tom Brady got it good from his teammates. First, teammate Matt Light made off with his helmet during the stretching exercises. Then, when the team huddled up, some linemen could be seen carrying a large jug of water over to the huddle … that was soon dumped on Brady. He was also hit in the face with a birthday cake. It took him a while to clean the cake out of his face…

•By our count, the following players were not present for practice: wide receiver Brandon Tate, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, cornerback Shawn Springs, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, linebacker Tedy Bruschi, offensive lineman Al Johnson, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, defensive lineman Darryl Richard, 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.

•Like the early session, there appeared to be plenty of red zone work for the offense. Chris Baker (who spent a lot of time with Brady after the morning session working on their timing), Randy Moss and Wes Welker all made some nice catches in red zone work. Brandon Meriweather ended the series of drills with a nice pick of the quarterback.

•Brady also hooked up with Moss and Joey Galloway on a few deep balls — really impressive stuff. After a season away, you sometimes forget just how talented Moss really is. There was one drills where receivers had to catch the ball with one hand, and while some struggled, Moss simply made it look easy — like he was plucking a loaf of bread off the top shelf.

•A classic Brady moment came when Meriweather came at Brady on a blitz. The quarterback saw him coming, changed the play at the line and lofted a sweet floater to Welker for the touchdown, who beat Darius Butler for a touchdown.

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