Here’s a rundown on what went on at Patriots’ practice this afternoon:
– Physically unable to perform list: DL Ron Brace, DL Brandon Deaderick, RB Kevin Faulk, DE Shaun Ellis.
– Non-football injury list: OL Marcus Cannon.
– Out but watching practice: WR Julian Edelman, WR Brandon Tate, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, RB Kevin Faulk, S Josh Barrett, DL Mike Wright.
– Out and not visible at practice: RB Danny Woodhead, DB Malcolm Williams, RB Eric Kettani, LB Brandon Spikes, OL Ryan Wendell, LB Christian Cox, OL Marcus Cannon, OL Dan Connolly, DL Albert Haynesworth.
– Returned to practice: LT Matt Light, TE Rob Gronkowski.
– Newly signed OL Zack Roth had to be carted off the field.
– RB Sammy Morris injured his left leg but kept going and had a very nice practice.
– The right leg of LB Jeff Tarpinian, which has bothered him all camp, flared up and he was examined by trainers. He was limited for the remainder of practice.
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– Not going to read too much into because it’s one practice and it was likely for rest/injury, but Brian Hoyer only got two reps in team period while Ryan Mallett ran the second team for the balance of practice.
– Good to see Matt Light back in his No. 72 jersey, but he didn’t do much.
– Gronkowski was back and dominating once again. Nobody can cover him on this team.
– The offense had perhaps its best practice of camp. Tom Brady was as sharp as he’s been.
– Among several nice passes he threw, Brady was outstanding at throwing just over the linebackers and finding a receiver. Brady buzzed the top of the head of Jerod Mayo, who was turned around, to find Wes Welker coming across. Later, Brady threw it over a waiting Dane Flectcher to Gronkowski.
– Brady also threw a beautiful fade to Welker over Kyle Arrington. Welker had his best practice of camp. Must have been the benefit of fresh legs for all the offensive starters who rested against Jacksonville.
– Sergio Brown came up with an interception when Mallett waited too long and telegraphed a pass in the flat to Will Yeatman. Would have been a pick six.
Brady was simply outstanding as he completed 17 of 19 passes in team drill, including his first seven passes. Welker (six catches) and Gronkowski (four) were Brady’s favorite target.
He didn’t have any drops today, but Chad Ochocinco wasn’t much of a factor in practice. Brady’s first incompletion came on a rare throw to Ochocinco. The two weren’t on the same page and Ochocinco wanted defensive holding. And that he missed a block on Leigh Bodden during a quick pass to Welker on third-and-1 is the type of play that will get pored over in film study.
– Dropped like it’s hot: None.
– Nice catch: Gronkowski.
– Fumbling men: None.
– Big hits: None. Practice was light on hitting.
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Standouts–Offense: Sebatian Vollmer (3-1-0), Logan Mankins (1-1-2). Defense: Mark Anderson (4-0-1), Myron Pryor (4-1-1), Kyle Love (3-1-1), Vince Wilfork (2-0-1), Gerard Warren (2-0-1), Alex Silvestro (2-0-0), Eric Moore (2-0-0).
Struggled a little bit–Offense: Jonathan Compas (0-4-0), Rich Ohrnberger (0-3-1), Nate Solder (1-4-1), Steve Maneri (0-2-1), Mark Wetterer (0-2-0), Mark LeVoir (0-2-0), Dan Koppen (1-2-1). Defense: Jermaine Cunningham (1-3-0).
Decided victories: Wilfork over Ohrnberger, Love over Wetterer, Clay Nurse over Zach Roth, Anderson over Woods, Moore over Maneri.
It was an abysmal day for the offensive line in this drill, as they combined to go 7-24-9.
Hard to know where to start. Dante Scarnecchia seems to have had enough. He made a few guys who got smoked run a lap.
Myron Pryor was nearly unbeatable as he continued look very strong. His strength is just overwhelming. Same goes for Vince Wilfork, who is still undefeated, Gerard Warren and Kyle Love.
On the edge, Mark Anderson is just killing people with his quickness, and his outside-inside move. If I’m Jermaine Cunningham, who really struggled and has shown no moves, I’m sticking right by Anderson, Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter and learning from their array of pass rush moves.
Rich Ohrnberger, who was good last week after a slow start, had a rough day against all the top interior linemen the Patriots have. He has a strong initial punch, but gets out of balance.
Nate Solder had a rough day. Most of the veterans set him up to the outside, get him to lean, and then blow by him to the inside. Solder also has a tough time with just straight bull rushes. The defenders get under his pads and move him.
Jonathan Compas had one of those days that you just forget about .
Sebastian Vollmer continues to be awesome, even if he did lose once to Alex Silvestro.
ODDS AND ENDS
– BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a few nice runs where he set up the cutback nicely. Even got one very nice block from Aaron Hernandez.
– Just like in the preseason game, the Patriots have Brandon Meriweather more in coverage and Patrick Chung as the free safety on defense. Meriweather got worn out by Gronkowski and Welker in practice.
– Mallett had an up and down day. He opened with a low throw to an open receiver, and on three occasions he held the ball and likely would have been sacked. Not factoring in the sacks, he was 8 of 11 with an interception. Mallett did put some mustard on the ball that he threw to Jeremy Ross from the short side of the field, all the way to near the other sideline. That was a big time pro throw. Most of Mallett’s throws were of the checkdown variety.
– There weren’t many deep passes by any quarterback today in team periods.
– In team, Compas gave up a sack to Landon Cohen; Ohrnberger couldn’t execute a tough reach block on Pryor as he blew up a Ridley run; Moore blew past Maneri for a sack; and Wetterer got tossed aside for Warren for another would-be sack.
– Aaron Lavarias, who has been a DE to this point, is getting more looks at linebacker.
– Looks like Andre Carter will be in the mix for a starting spot at DE. No surprise there.
– Woodhead was gone due to the birth of his child, according to a teammate’s twitter account.
– Tommorow’s practice: 1:30-4 p.m.