FOXBORO — The Patriots just wrapped up their fourth training camp practice of the summer on the fields behind Gillette Stadium on a picture-perfect New England summer afternoon.
•No real surprises in the attendance report. The following players were on the field but not in pads: wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, defensive back Bret Lockett, running back Thomas Clayton, defensive lineman Kyle Love, wide receiver Wes Welker, defensive lineman Ty Warren and defensive lineman Ron Brace. In addition, offensive lineman Logan Mankins and outside linebacker Derrick Burgess were not present, and wide receiver Matthew Slater and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were not on the field.
•Offensively, a handful of players stood out, but a long-distance connection between quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Brandon Tate (over cornerback Leigh Bodden) was probably the most impressive pass-and-throw of the day. Wide receiver Taylor Price also hauled in a deep ball late in practice on an impressive pass from quarterback Zac Robinson, which drew a big cheer. (Wide receiver Julian Edelman also had a nice diving catch.) We are only four practices into camp — no one is submitting their names for Canton just yet — but Tate and Taylor have both played very well thus far.