Monday morning practice notes: Situational football is focus in low-intensity workout
|08.05.13 at 1:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — On a beautiful summer morning, the Patriots went through a workout that lasted just under two hours in sweats and shells on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. It was a relatively low-intensity get-together than felt a little like a glorified walkthrough, but allowed the team to focus more on situational work before jumping on a plane and heading to Philly to open joint practices with the Eagles on Tuesday.
•In terms of attendance, Wide receivers Michael Jenkins and Mark Harrison and offensive lineman Kevin Haslam were on the field but not dressed. In addition, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive lineman/end Jermaine Cunningham and defensive lineman Armond Armstead were not on the field.
•Tight end Jake Ballard and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard were back at practice. Dennard worked in some team drills, as he continues to deal with an undisclosed injury.
•Meanwhile, several players worked out on the lower fields, a group that included safety Nate Ebner, running back Shane Vereen, wide receiver Matt Slater and offensive linemen Marcus Zusevics and Kevin Haslam.
•The rotation at right guard continues, as Cannon was out and Dan Connolly was limited again. In their place, Will Svitek — likely the No. 1 backup at tackle — took the majority of his reps with the starting offensive line at right guard on Monday. It’s not known if Svitek was simply a placeholder or a sign that he could be in for more work at the spot down the road, but the right guard position is certainly one worth watching for New England,
•Lots of situational/teaching work took place over the course of the practice, including “Hail Mary” pass players where players were coached on the tipping process and best places to situate yourself on a pass. Quick snaps, clock management, laterals and last-second field goal attempts were also covered. In addition, teaching and coaching for situations like onsides kicks, punts from their own end zones and punts after a safety were also touched on.
•Because of the low-intensity workout, it was hard to judge the work of the skill position players, but with Vereen working on the lower fields, Leon Washington got a lot of reps with the starting offense and looked good catching passes out of the backfield. Meanwhile, Zach Sudfeld continues to impress — he came away with one of the Hail Mary catches, and again displayed a nice set of hands while running with the starting offense.
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