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Training camp Day 1 practice report

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  July 26, 2013 03:15 PM

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FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots opened their 2013 training camp with a 2-? hour practice in a driving rainstorm on Friday morning, and the session was predictably sloppy, with several drops by the inexperienced receiver group and a handful of interceptions from the backup quarterbacks, Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow.

It’s nothing to panic over yet – the defense is almost always ahead of the offense early in training camp. Friday was about establishing a baseline for the rest of camp, and establishing a rapport between Tom Brady and his new receivers.

There were no surprises in terms of players who weren’t available to practice, and CB Alfonzo Dennard seemingly isn’t being punished for his recent DUI arrest, at least as it pertains to the depth chart.

Here’s a rundown of what went on at Patriots’ practice this afternoon:

ATTENDANCE PLEASE

Physically unable to perform: TE Rob Gronkowski (back); WR Julian Edelman (foot); WR Mark Harrison (foot); OL Nick McDonald (undisclosed); DE Armond Armstead (non-football illness)

Red jerseys: S Devin McCourty

Not participating: WR Kenbrell Thompkins (unknown)

Tom Brady and the Patriots held their first workout of the season on Friday.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tom Brady and the Patriots held their first workout of the season on Friday.

NEW INJURIES

The Patriots appeared to emerge from the first day of practice with no new injuries.

DRESS CODE

Shells.

TOP PLAYS

- DE Chandler Jones made an acrobatic diving interception of a screen pass from QB Tim Tebow.

- QB Ryan Mallett perfectly finessed a pass to TE Zac Sudfeld deep down the left seam over two defenders.

- WR Kamar Aiken made a beautiful diving catch over Alfonzo Dennard down the right sideline on a pass from Brady. He also made a great catch over Logan Ryan deep down the right sideline in 11-on-11 drills.

- LB Jamie Collins had an athletic break-up of a pass from Ryan Mallett to Michael Hoomanawanui.

- Danny Amendola brought the crowd to its feet with a great diving catch on a Brady pass during 11-on-11 drills.

THREE UP

WR Kamar Aiken: Worked with the starting unit most of the day and made several acrobatic catches.

LB Jamie Collins: Second-round pick already is getting acclimated quickly and taking reps with the first-team defense at linebacker.

CB Kyle Arrington: Got a lot of work with the starting defense and the nickel package as the team prepares to lose Alfonzo Dennard to an early-season suspension.

THREE DOWN

QB Ryan Mallett: Inconsistent day for the backup, who mixed some nice throws in with a few really baffling ones. Was heard yelling at himself after a couple of poor throws.

WR Michael Jenkins: Didn’t get much work with the top unit and appears to be behind Aiken and Aaron Dobson on the depth chart.

CB Logan Ryan: Allowed several acrobatic catches to be completed over him, including a really nice diving grab by Aiken.

TEBOW TIME

Our daily Tim Tebow report from Globe intern Emily Kaplan (@EmilyMKaplan):

Tebow was the clear third string quarterback on Friday. He was third to take repetitions in drills -- behind Tom Brady and Mallett -- and often took less repetitions than both.

In 11-on-11 drills, Tebow finished the day 6-for-10 on 14 reps, including two interceptions (by safety Nate Ebner and Jones). The Jones pickoff came on a screen pass.

Tebow also lined up as a receiver for two separate drills, going 3-for-3 with no drops.

ODDS AND ENDS

•Quarterback stats in team drills:

Brady – 11-for-14 overall with no touchdowns. Should’ve had an interception on a throw to Dobson, but it was dropped by Arrington and McCourty.

Mallett – 6-for-7 overall with no touchdowns and a couple scrambles. Threw a nice deep post to Dobson.

Tebow – 6-for-10 overall with a scramble, a batted pass and two interceptions. Four of his completions were check-downs.

•Hard not to notice that Brady took a ton of reps with Amendola, Dobson and Aiken, who appear to be the top receiver unit to start camp. Michael Jenkins and Matthew Slater appear to be in the next group. Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who impressed during the offseason program, was in uniform on Friday but did not appear to participate in practice.

•The tight ends appear to be split into two groups – Daniel Fells, Jake Ballard and Michael Hoomanawanui (H-back) in the first group, and rookies Zac Sudfeld and Daniel Ford in the second group. The Patriots still ran some two tight-end sets despite not having Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez.

•Both Dennard and Arrington worked inside and outside with the first unit, opposite Aqib Talib. Marquice Cole, Ryan and Ras-I Dowling worked with the second unit. McCourty was strictly a safety on Friday, and Steve Gregory subbed in a few times for Adrian Wilson.

• Collins may be labeled as a pass-rusher, but he worked as a linebacker on Friday and will likely be used in a variety of roles this season. He also played on the kickoff unit.

• Kickoff returners: Leon Washington, Slater, LeGarrette Blount, Josh Boyce, Stevan Ridley, Lavelle Hawkins.

• Marcus Cannon worked with the first offensive line unit a bit at right guard (L to R): Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Cannon, Sebastian Vollmer. Dan Connolly also worked with the first team. The second unit was (L to R): Elvis Fisher, Tyronne Green, Josh Kline, Markus Zusevics, Kevin Haslam.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

- Saturday’s practice: 9-11:30

- Sunday’s practice: 9-11:30 a.m.

- Monday’s practice (in stadium, season ticket holders only): 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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