5 from camp
FOXBOROUGH Ė- Five final observations from todayís Patriots minicamp practice:
1) Play of the day. In 7 on 7 drills, quarterback Tom Brady fired a high strike under the goalposts that was snared by receiver Randy Moss in a tight spot. Defensive back Eugene Wilson was in coverage. It might have been that play that Brady was referring to when he said of Moss: ďIím sure you guys see the things heís capable of in practice already.Ē
2) The Welker Factor. While receiver Wes Welker continues to show off quickness and precise route running in passing drills, those on hand got their first look at him in kickoff return drills. Prediction: Heís going to become a fan favorite because of his relentless, unassuming approach.
3) Defensive looks. As was the case in the teamís passing camp last week, Adalius Thomas spent plenty of time lining up at inside linebacker in the teamís 3-4 defense. While nothing is likely to be considered permanent at this time, itís a positional situation to keep an eye on. Thomas played primarily outside linebacker in the Ravensí 3-4.
4) Tom Brady the teacher. One of the interesting parts of watching a Patriots practice is simply focusing on Brady and the way he works with his receivers, pushing them to do better, while also verbally calling himself out when he doesnít perform to his own standards. Itís a textbook definition of coach on the field.
5) Massive media interest. There werenít enough parking spots for those media members in attendance. ESPN.com, NBCsports.com, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, and USA Today were a few of the national outlets in attendance. It was a reminder that the Patriots are currently one of the top stories in the NFL. After the practice, one unofficial count was that 74 media members were on hand.