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Six missing from Patriots OTAs

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  May 29, 2013 01:10 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots continued their offseason workout program on a misty day in Foxborough, the team's second week of organized team activities.

Missing from practice again were tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm), wide receiver Julian Edelman (right foot), linebacker Brandon Spikes, and running back Brandon Bolden (ankle). Also missing were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Will Svitek.

While working on the basics of the playbook each week, the Patriots focused on kickoff returns last week. This week, the special teams focus shifted to punt returns. Leon Washington, Danny Amendola, Lavelle Hawkins, and T.J. Moe all took turns back deep.

Ryan Allen, a rookie free agent out of Louisiana Tech, competed with veteran punter Zoltan Mesko during the day. Both are left-footed.

In seven-on-seven drills, rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson came down with an amazing grab over two defenders. And Amendola, during full-team drills, came down with a highlight reel catch over Alfonzo Dennard to highlight the day's competitive battles.

Hawkins, who was cut by the Tennessee Titans May 1, had a bad drop -- a ball that hit him in his hands on a curl route.

Steve Gregory worked with the first-team defense as Devin McCourty (shoulder) sat out. He was joined by new safety Adrian Wilson and cornerbacks Dennard and Aqib Talib.

Newly signed defensive lineman Tommy Kelly joined Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, and Rob Ninkovich on the defensive line.

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