There were some raindrops early on for this morning’s practice, but it was definitely the most humid day of camp thus far…after having the morning off and the afternoon practice in shells and shorts yesterday, players were back in full pads.
Absent were: Matthew Slater, Bret Lockett, Gary Guyton, Logan Mankins, Nick Kaczur, Ty Warren…guys in shorts were Jonathan Wilhite, Thomas Clayton, Terrence Johnson, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace and Mike Wright.
During one-on-one work with the defensive backs and running backs, Kyle Arrington put a strong spin move on Fred Taylor, which the veteran RB gave him props for after; Julian Edelman was asked to join the running backs for that drill.
Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer once again took part in “hit the barrel”, though this time they were only 20 yards away, with the barrel in the left corner of the end zone. After missing completely yesterday from 40 yards, Hoyer today was the first to get the ball inside the barrel; he celebrated his feat by pointing and running around a bit.
On the Wes Welker watch: Welker took part in 11-on-11 work for the first time today, and was warmly greeted back by Jerod Mayo. After making a catch across the middle, Mayo lowered his shoulder and popped Welker in the chest; true to form, the receiver bounced right up from the hit. Though he did not take his normal number of reps, it was likely a welcomed step for Welker to be back in the mix.
And there was some drama today: Tom Brady was visibly — and audibly frustrated with the offense’s execution, at one point getting in Aaron Hernandez’s ear and at another yelling some not-so-family friendly words to the offense in goal-line work. Later he gathered the offensive line for a chat. It is about as fiery as we see Brady get during a practice, and may have been a continuation from yesterday, when the offense had one forgettable stretch with Brady under center.
The Patriots are scheduled to practice again at 3:45 p.m.