The Patriots and Saints were back at it this afternoon, and there was some chippiness during this session, more than in the morning.
* Pats players in shorts and observing were: Torry Holt, Leigh Bodden, Gary Guyton, Terrence Johnson, Ron Brace — and Matthew Slater, the first time he’s been spotted since suffering a reported calf injury. Not present were: Ty Warren, Nick Kaczur, and Bret Lockett.
* In one-on-one pass protection with the running backs and linebackers, Kevin Faulk beat Stanley Arnoux, and Fred Taylor beat Marvin Mitchell; Jonathan Vilma got the best of Laurence Maroney and former Boston College Eagle Jo-Lonn Dunbar got the best of Sammy Morris.
* Tom Brady was once again frustrated by the defense. At one point during 7 on 7 work, he yelled “Let’s go!” to his teammates, and then threw his helmet down when it was Brian Hoyer’s turn and he walked away from the line of scrimmage.
* In red zone 7 on 7, Arnoux and Anthony Waters sandwiched Wes Welker, who was able to hold on for a touchdown; a play or two later, Scott Shanle popped Rob Gronkowski as the rookie tight end went across the middle.
* During full-team, Aaron Hernandez was used several different ways, displaying his versatility and potential as an offensive weapon. On back-to-back plays, he had a good block to open a hole Maroney and then caught a screen pass.
* Terrence Wheatley, who has been having a strong camp, pulled in an interception, picking off a Drew Brees pass intended for Courtney Roby; it was the only INT Brees had today.
* At the close of the session, outside linebacker and special teamer Marques Murrell was carted off the field, but there was no word on if there was an injury or overheating from the afternoon humidity. In a humorous twist, a fan was heckling Murrell earlier in practice, when he was taking a knee during positional work, asking him if he needed a chair, a couch or one of the freeze pops some of the hawkers peddle. Pierre Woods made a point of kneeling right next to his new teammate, and the pair smiled at the fan when the horn blew signaling the end of that period.