Tuesday Practice Notes
|08.24.10 at 2:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Just finished up another soggy practice down here at Gillette. The Patriots were inside the practice bubble for the second straight day for a practice that ran for roughly two hours. Practice was in shirts and shells. Here are a few quick notes:
•The following players were in sweats: wide receiver Matthew Slater, linebacker Eric Alexander, tight end Aaron Hernandez, linebacker/defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and wide receiver Darnell Jenkins. The following players were absent: wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive back Bret Lockett, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur and Logan Mankins and defensive back Josh Barrett.
•Running back Laurence Maroney, offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and defensive back Ross Ventrone all drew sizable media crowds after the workout.
•It wasn’t what you would necessarily call a high-intensity practice session. Lots of families were in attendance, including the Wilfork and Morris families. There seemed to be a real emphasis on scout team work, as both sides continued prep work for Thursday’s preseason game against the Rams.
•Ojinnaka lined up at both guard and tackle throughout the session, but spent most of his time with the backups.
•Lots of woofing between the offense and the defense today. The offense reacted with a shout when the defense jumped before a snap, and inside linebacker Gary Guyton had to run a lap. Late in the practice, it was clear there was something wrong with the defense, and they were forced to run a pair of laps together as a unit. (It’s worth mentioning that assistant coach Pepper Johnson and Eric Alexander were the only two guys who ran outside the lines around the entire field.) After the second lap, the entire defense was called together and received a talking-to from assistant Matt Patricia.
•Without Hernandez on the field, it was another day for Rob Gronkowski to shine. The rookie out of Arizona made several nice catches from both Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer. Tight end Rob Myers — who spent last season on the practice squad — also made a couple of nice catches.
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