The first training camp practice of 2010 began with clouds and rain, but the sun had broken through by the end of the 90-minute session. Here are some quick hits and observations:
For the record, rookie punter Zoltan Mesko was the first player on the field.
Neither Logan Mankins (of course) nor Derrick Burgess (a mystery) were on the field at all. Wes Welker, Sam Aiken, Ron Brace and Darnell Jenkins were all in sweats and shorts, working out on the sidelines with strength and conitioning coach Harold Nash and Joe Van Allen of the training staff.
During early special teams work, Brandon Tate fielded the first kickoff return, but Julian Edelman, Taylor Price and Devin McCourty fielded kicks as well.
Tom Brady and Randy Moss returned to last summer’s pracitce of spending a few minutes away from the rest of the team working on routes; they were joined by Brian Hoyer.
During 11-on-11 work, Brady had a pretty deep ball for Moss at the right sideline and just short of the goal line that Moss pulled in, much to the delight of the soggy fans in attendance. James Sanders and Brandon McGowan were the nearest defenders on the play.
As it was in spring camps, Matt Light was at left tackle, Nick Kaczur was at left guard, and Sebastian Vollmer was at right tackle.
Fred Taylor had to run a penalty run for an unknown infraction, and Zac Robinson and Ryan Wendell also ran one for fumbling a snap.
During the short time spent on red-zone work, the defense got the best of the offense. On first down, a pass Brady zipped a pass to an open Tate in the left half of the end zone. The ball was a bit in front of him but catchable and went off Tate’s fingers. On second down, Laurence Maroney got the ball and was stopped short of the goal line, and on the next two plays, Sammy Morris got the ball and was stuffed short of the line, leading to some crowing from the defense.