There were around 56 players on the fields behind Gillette Stadium for the Patriots’ late-morning practice session (or, as the NFL likes to call it, organized team activity), which was held in t-shirts and shorts in steamy conditions.
Most of the players were young — generally with three years or less of experience, including all of the rookies save Taylor Price, and many of the veterans who are new to the team, like Torry Holt, Alge Crumpler, David Patten and Gerard Warren. Pierre Woods was on the field, as was Brandon McGowan, two players who don’t fall into either category.
Because none of the players were in numbered jerseys, it made it tough to keep track of who was doing what, but there were a couple of things to see here and there.
As generally happens, the offensive linemen spent a lot of time working together — during one drill, one player faced three teammates holding chest pads, and as each approached the player would throw a punch. For one of Ryan Wendell’s turns, he knocked second-year George Bussey on his behind.
Bill Belichick spent a good deal of time leading the defensive players; he has said this offseason that he will take a larger role with the defense, and he has been running meetings for that side of the ball.
Despite the heat and lack of on-field star power, there were 46 media members on hand.