Training Camp Report from Tuesday afternoon practice
|08.10.10 at 6:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The second of three practice sessions between the Patriots and Saints just wrapped up down here at Gillette Stadium on a relatively hot and humid afternoon. Here are a few quick notes on the padded practice session that lasted just over two hours:
•The following players were not in attendance: Bret Lockett, Derrick Burgess, Logan Mankins, Nick Kaczur and Ty Warren. The following players were in sweats and shorts: Matthew Slater, Leigh Bodden, Terrence Johson, Gary Guyton, Ron Brace and Torry Holt.
•Practice went the same way as it did in the morning session, with the two teams on their own throughout the early stages of the workout and then coming together roughly 1/3 of the way into practice.
•At the end of practice, outside linebacker Marques Murrell was taken off the practice field on a cart.
•There was some special teams work involved, and punter Zoltan Mesko appeared to struggle (as was the case for much of the morning). However, the poor yardage on the punt could simply be a case of situational punting — we’re not sure. Either way, Mesko’s punts were short for much of the day.
•Quarterback Tom Brady looked angry throughout the 7-on-7 drills, eventually throwing his helmet to the ground in frustration after a series of passes went incomplete. (Shortly after, New Orleans defensive lineman Will Smith batted down a Brady pass, and the quarterback kicked the ball away.) Shortly after, Brady was able to connect with Wes Welker on two out of three pass plays, which brightened the mood of the crowd. One of the young offensive standouts was Brandon Tate — with Holt on the sidelines, Tate got plenty of run with the starting offense as the wideout opposite Randy Moss, and he got a lot of snaps. His finest play of he day likely came on a touchdown reception on a nice catch from Brady.
•Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez continued to be shuffled around the field. On one play in 11-on-11 drills, he was lined up at fullback, and delivered a nice block that sprung Laurence Maroney for a big gain. On the following play, he was lined up just outside the slot and caught a pass in the flat that ended up going for a big gain.
•One of the best defensive plays of the day came when New England defensive back Terrence Wheatley picked off a Drew Brees pass that was intended for Courtney Roby. Nicely read play by Wheatley, who stepped in front of the errant pass and took it back in the other direction.
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