The Patriots just wrapped up an 80-minute walkthrough held inside Gillette Stadium. The players were in helmets and shells (soft pads) but it was a very relaxed session.
So relaxed that there was a rather young quarterback taking snaps – Harry Kraft, teenaged grandson of Robert, lined up under center for at least 10 plays, coached up a bit by Tom Brady. Kraft completed passes to Wes Welker and another player, but also had passes batted down by Kyle Arrington and rookie Malcolm Williams. Kraft also did a few handoffs.
While it was relaxed, the team also went through something of a dress rehearsal in terms of game flow – a coin toss, which bench is for offense and which is for defense, etc.
Rob Gronkowski returned to the field after missing yesterday’s practice; he left the field midway through Monday’s full-pads session. Chad Ochocinco showed up to the festivities a little later than everyone else.
Also, Brandon Spikes was on the field briefly today, wearing sweats, and did some light jogging with the rest of the team before departing for the locker/training room.
Newly-acquired offensive lineman Mark Wetterer was wearing 75 (white).
As for who was absent:
Physically Unable to Perform/Non-Football Injury lists: Ron Brace, Marcus Cannon, Brandon Deaderick, Shaun Ellis, Kevin Faulk, Matt Light
Not visible at practice: Albert Haynesworth, Mike Wright, Brandon Tate, Ras-I Dowling, Shane Vereen, James Sanders, Eric Kettani, Josh Barrett, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Chris Morris
It is probably safe to say that the players who did not take part today will not be in uniform tomorrow night against Jacksonville.