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A few quick notes on Monday PM practice

08.10.09 at 5:34 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH — Hey all … a few quick notes on the Monday afternoon practice, which is just wrapping up down here at Gillette Stadium.

‘€¢Hot again. Really hot. Probably the hottest day of camp so far. Temps again in the 90s.

‘€¢The players were in pads again — the 15th time in the 20 practices they’ve been in pads this camp. My math could be off, but I believe it’s also the ninth day of double sessions.

‘€¢By our count, the following players were not in attendance: wide receiver Brandon Tate, cornerback Shawn Springs, linebacker Paris Lenon, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, linebacker Tedy Bruschi, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, wide receiver Randy Moss, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Benjamin Watson, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, defensive lineman Ty Warren, defensive lineman Mike Wright.

‘€¢In a drill involving running backs and tight ends running passing routes while being guarded by linebackers in pass coverage, tight end Chris Baker did a fine job getting separation from linebacker Adalius Thomas, while running back Fred Taylor simply outran linebacker Vinny Ciurciu on his turn. Alex Smith also did a nice job getting free on one pass play.

‘€¢Later in practice, quarterback Tom Brady spent extensive time working with wide receivers Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis on red zone passing, and could be heard coaching both receivers through the drill. At the end, Brady was clearly excited about the result, seeking them both out for congratulations. (The quarterback pretty much kept up a constant, good-natured stream of chatter all afternoon, barking at the defense on several occasions.)

‘€¢In 7-on-7 drills, tight end Tyson DeVree made a nice catch on a pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer.

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