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Practice rundown #15

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  August 14, 2012 06:24 PM

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FOXBOROUGH – A look at Tuesday's practice:

ATTENDANCE PLEASE

Reserve/did not report: RG Brian Waters.

Exempt/left team: FB Tony Fiammetta.

Physically unable to perform: RT Sebastian Vollmer (back), OT Markus Zusevics (unknown), TE Daniel Fells (shoulder), TE Jake Ballard (knee), DT Myron Pryor (shoulder).

Continued to be out: CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), LB Tracy White (unknown), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (unknown), DT Jonathan Fanene (unknown), FB Spencer Larsen (unknown), OT Matt Kopa (leg), OT Kyle Hix (right shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (unknown), FB Eric Kettani (unknown), DT Gerard Warren (unknown), TE Aaron Hernandez (unknown), WR Brandon Lloyd (unknown).

New injuries: None.

Limited in practice: LG Logan Mankins (right knee - no team drills), RG Dan Connolly (unknown).

Returned to practice S James Ihedigbo, CB Malcolm Williams.

Injured during practice: CB Ross Ventrone (left leg) returned to action; CB Marquice Cole (arm).

DRESS CODE
Full pads.

TOP PLAYS

  1. It was a desperate situation with the clock winding down so Tom Brady had to throw it into the end zone, but Patrick Chung made a sweet one-handed interception when Brady threw into triple coverage to Julian Edelman.
  2. Chandler Jones looked like a veteran and made Nate Solder look like an undrafted rookie when, in one-on-ones, Jones slapped Solder’s hands down and then clubbed him out of the way for an easy would-be sack.
  3. Matthew Slater had a one-handed catch in the back right corner of the end zone up against CB Devin McCourty from Brady.

THUMBS UP

Great day for the defense, especially for the secondary. They had four interceptions for the second straight practice, and got their hands on another five passes and broke them up. The safeties, Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung, had a terrific practice. Gregory had an interception and two pass breakups. Chung had a pick and an breakup.

THUMBS DOWN

On the whole, the offensive line had a terrible practice. They got whipped (2-11-1) by the defense in one-on-ones, and they might have been just as bad in a two-on-two session. In team drills, we counted at least eight would-be sacks or tackles for a loss against the run. RT Marcus Cannon again had a very rough go, as did RG Nick McDonald, who was working in place of the injured Connolly.

SUPERLATIVES
Dropped passes: Wes Welker, Donte’ Stallworth (3), Jabar Gaffney,
Nice catch: Welker, Julian Edelman.
Fumbled: Stevan Ridley, Ryan Mallett.
Interceptions: Chung (of Brady), Josh Barrett (of Brian Hoyer), Nate Ebner (of Mallett), Steve Gregory (of Brady).

ONE-ON-ONES
One man’s opinion on how the offensive and defensive lines matched up in one-on-one drills (our favorite part of camp). Records shown indicate wins-losses-draws.

Standouts -- Offense: None. Defense: Brandon Deaderick (2-0-0), Trevor Scott (1-0-0), Marcus Harrison (1-0-0).
Struggled -- Offense: Donald Thomas (0-2-0), Nick McDonald (0-1-1), Solder (0-1-0), Dustin Waldron (0-1-0), Derek Dennis (0-1-0). Defense: Justin Francis (0-1-0).
Decided victories: Jones (vs. Solder), Scott (vs. Deaderick), Harrison (vs. Waldron).

  • It was a shortened session, and it still wasn’t good for the offensive line, which went 2-11-1.
  • The two offensive linemen I like watching the most are Thomas and Ryan Wendell. Yes, Thomas went 0-2, but almost all of his battles are prolonged and he relishes the battles. Wendell just keep getting better and better. On the short side, Wendell does a great job with leverage and holds his own against powerful guys like Kyle Love.
  • Waldron offered no defense against Scott. He easily went around Waldron.
  • Harrison went through Dennis. The Patriots’ reserve linemen – outside of OT Darrion Weems – have not competed well.

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Another situation- and preparation-heavy practice with cards for the opponents. The defense got about a half dozen reps against the wildcat. The Bills and Jets are each expected to use it during the season.
  • The Patriots need to find a way to get Julian Edelman the ball more in the open field during games. He can be electric. Edelman has had a great camp and he and Brady hooked up on a 50-yard bomb touchdown that torched S James Ihedigbo.
  • When the offense was going against cards, Dan Koppen and McDonald allowed Vince Wilfork to easily sack Brady, and then Cannon and Alex Silvestro watched Scott walk in. But on the next play, Brady had a real nice play-action touchdown to Welker deep down the middle.
  • Justin Francis batted down a pass and then kicked Nick McDonald while he was on the ground.
  • Ryan Mallett became the first QB to get it in the bucket. Looked like Tom Brady wasn't happy about that and may have disputed whether it was a make or not.
  • Dennis had a practice he’d like to forget. In two-on-ones, he was constantly getting beat and then Jones added insult to injury by knocking Dennis to the ground with a huge push.
  • Mallett should have been flagged for intentional grounding when he threw the ball away to no one while still in the tackle box and backpedaling.
  • On Ebner’s interception (second in as many days), Scott would have had a sack as he sped around Cannon with ease.

SCHEDULE
Wednesday: 1:30-4 p.m.
Thursday: 1:30-4 p.m.

Rest TBD.

Shalise Manza Young contributed to this report.

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