FOXBORO ‘ The Patriots just wrapped up their Wednesday afternoon training camp practice. It was their lone practice session of the day, and held in shorts and shells at what could probably best be described as 3/4 speed. The stands were packed on a relatively muggy afternoon, with highs in the mid-80s. Here are a few quick notes:
‘¢The following players were not present for the workout: wide receiver Matthew Slater, defensive back Bret Lockett, outside linebacker/defensive end Derrick Burgess, inside linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive lineman Logan Mankins, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur and defensive lineman Ty Warren. The following players were on the field, but in t-shirts and shorts: cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, defensive back Terrence Johnson, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Ron Brace, defensive lineman Mike Wright and running back Thomas Clayton.
‘¢The highlight of the practice session was on the far practice field, when quarterback Tom Brady and backup Brian Hoyer recreated a drill they went through a few days ago, trying to toss a ball into a garbage can from roughly 40 yards away. Brady came the closest, hitting it once before they moved it to the middle of the field on the goal line, where Brady conked it twice. At the end of the drill, director of player personnel Nick Caserio winged one in the direction of owner Robert Kraft, who was standing behind the garbage can. Caserio didn’t hit Kraft, but caused the owner to hit the deck. Both sides enjoyed a good chuckle about it afterward.
‘¢Wide receiver Buddy Farnham had one of the best catches of the day, reaching back to pull in a pass from quarterback Zac Robinson that was behind him.
‘¢Operating against what appeared to be a mixture of the No. 1 and No. 2 defense, Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss made a sweet connection down the middle of the field, with Moss beating Devin McCourty (who saw a LOT of reps this afternoon) and Darius Butler to the ball. One of the highlights of the session. Later in the same series, Hoyer made a pair of impressive passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski, moving the chains and reaching the end zone. At the end of the series, the offense successfully hit on a two-point conversion when Hoyer found wide receiver Torry Holt in the corner of the end zone. Holt was so psyched, he got up and tossed the ball toward the other practice field before celebrating with Hoyer.
‘¢Not everything was positive. Brady was at the helm for a series of misfires, a sequence where rookies Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Tate looked to be out of place and one that culminated when safety Pat Chung picked off Brady. (Brady also appeared to struggle when operating with running back Laurence Maroney ‘ two straight attempted pass plays for Maroney went incomplete.) The offense soon rallied, however, when Brady found Tate and Hernandez on successive plays, drawing cheers from the crowd.