Tuesday minicamp notes: Brandon Spikes, Alfonzo Dennard on field with Patriots
|06.11.13 at 1:55 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots wrapped up the first mandatory minicamp session on the practice field behind Gillette Tuesday afternoon in a workout that ran for roughly 90 minutes.
First, Tim Tebow. (Sorry. It must be discussed.) In his first day with his new team — once the initial series of drills came to a close — the quarterback was mostly an interested observer, standing to the side as Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett took the majority of snaps with the offense. (For what it’s worth, Brady and Mallett had play calling sheets attached to their wristbands. Tebow did not.) Tebow saw most of his time in a series of drills at the end of practice — working with what appeared to be a series of backups, he made a series of connections with a few different receivers.
It appears that whatever shoulder or collarbone ailment that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard suffered in the final OTA session of the spring has not carried over to minicamp. Linebacker Brandon Spikes — who wasn’t around for the voluntary OTAs — was on the field, and was involved in some of the 11-on-11 drills toward the end of practice. It certainly appeared that the Florida product was moving without an issue. (He alluded to an offseason knee procedure, but didn’t appear to be having much of an issue.)
However, a handful of players were limited in their action, a group that included tight end Aaron Hernandez, safety Nate Ebner and defensive back Devin McCourty. All three emerged from the bubble roughly midway through practice. Hernandez worked part-time as a target in a series of drills for the quarterbacks in what appeared to be red-zone work.
Two young pass catchers that continue to stand out are tight end Zach Sudfeld and wide receiver KenBrell Thompkins. Both had plenty of positive moments throughout the session. Sudfeld made a few nice catches in traffic, while Thompkins had some impressive receptions of his own. (That didn’t mean either one of them had a perfect day, however. Thompkins could be seen later in the session taking a lap, while a ball for Sudfeld from Mallett was picked off by Adrian Wilson.) LaVelle Hawkins had a nice catch in the end zone, one that drew a pat on the helmet from Brady. And Brady and Danny Amendola made a few very impressive connections over the middle in traffic.
Thompkins, Leon Washington and Amendola worked as punt returners.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and Patriots owner Robert Kraft were on the field for an extended stretch. And Spikes, Hernandez, Tebow and rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson spoke with the media at the end of practice.