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Posted by Albert Breer  June 15, 2010 01:52 PM

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* Logan Mankins was the only player absent. There was a three-man rotation inside, with Nick Kaczur at left guard, Dan Koppen at center, and Dan Connolly getting work at both spots.

* Jermaine Cunningham got some first-team reps, which was interesting to see, but there was a ton of rotation with the players in the front seven. Eric Alexander, Terrence Wheatley and Pierre Woods were running with the scout defense for much of the practice. Again, dangerous to make assumptions on that stuff. But Wheatley did break up a ball toward the sidelines intended for Randy Moss that brought a huge pop from his teammates.

* Brian Hoyer was fairly impressive with the second group. He looks sure of himself, and gets rid of the ball quickly with a really compact delivery. There was a wayward throw or two (one was picked off), but he looks like he's got good command of everything around him for a soph.

* It's worth noting, always, how natural Moss looks catching the ball and subtleties in his game. One thing I've constantly noticed, really since he got here, in practice is how he waits until right before the ball arrives to put his hands up for it, which prevents those covering him from getting a great read on when it's coming.

* Rob Gronkowski looks like he might be a little behind the other tight ends, just based on the groups he's running with. He did get some time with Brady's unit, but it might be taking some time for him to earn prime-time reps.

* Gerard Warren and Ty Warren look, today, like your starting ends, but it was interesting to see how both of them appear to be going exclusively on early downs, with other players on the interior in the nickel.

* Vince Wilfork was the only player out there not in shorts or some sort of cutoff sweatpants. He was sporting running pants, and I asked him about it afterwards. He said he always does that.

* One funny moment to finish with -- After Alge Crumper dropped a ball, he hit the deck and cranked out some push-ups. Good way to set the example for the young tight ends, I suppose.
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