Thursday practice notes: Patriots, Eagles engage in low-intensity pregame walkthough without Jerod Mayo
|08.14.14 at 11:25 am ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots and Eagles finished their third joint practice of the week on Thursday, a low-intensity session that ran for roughly two hours on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session was held in shorts and jerseys, and so there was no hitting. Overall, it was the 16th practice of the summer for New England, and the fifth not in pads.
— For the third straight workout, linebacker Jerod Mayo was not present for the session. The veteran was also not part of the Tuesday or Wednesday sessions with the Eagles. Mayo’s absence was not explained, but a report from Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports indicated that the absence was not considered serious. In his place in the drills with Philly, a variety of people wore the green dot on their helmets, including middle/inside linebackers Steve Beauharnais and Chris White.
— In addition to Mayo, the following players were not spotted at start of the walkthrough: running back Tyler Gaffney; tight ends D.J. Williams. Cameron Gordon and Michael Hoomanawanui; linebacker James Anderson; offensive lineman Chris Martin; wide receiver Jeremy Gallon; defensive linemen Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga. Meanwhile, Tavon Wilson, Kanorris Davis, Ja’Gared Davis and Bryan Stork took the field with their teammates, but quickly moved down to the practice field to get in some work with the strength and conditioning coaches.
— Left tackle Nate Solder departed practice roughly 30 minutes early with a member of the team’s medical staff. It didn’t look like Solder was injured, but it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on. As for the rest of the offensive line, Marcus Cannon appeared to get the majority of reps in Solder’s place, while Jordan Devey also worked extensively with the ones.
— Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady got their usual work off to the side together. No Revis this time, though. When it comes to the tight end position, with the release of Ben Hartsock earlier in the day and the injuries to Williams, Hoomanawanui and Gordon, the Patriots have one healthy tight end (Steve Maneri) heading into Friday’s contest against the Eagles. It is worth noting that fullback James Develin has been working extensively with the tight end group over the course of the spring, and lined up there an awful lot on Thursday morning. Look for more of that Friday night.