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, S Josh Barrett, S James Sanders.
– Out and not visible at practice: WR Taylor Price, DB Malcolm Williams, RB Eric Kettani, LB Brandon Spikes, OL Ryan Wendell, LB Christian Cox, DL Albert Haynesworth, DL Mike Wright, OL Zach Roth, LB Jeff Tarpinian.
– Returned to practice: RB Danny Woodhead, RG Dan Connolly.
– DE Jermaine Cunningham did not take part in sprints at the end of practice.
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– RB Danny Woodhead (birth of child) and RG Dan Connolly (right elbow) returned to practice.
– LT Matt Light only participated in individual drills. He was in one-on-ones for the first time and won his first two in very impressive fashion. He did lose to Andre Carter, but everyone got beat by him. Carter was awesome today.
– LB Jeff Tarpinian and OL Zach Roth missed practice for the first time. Tarpinian has been battling a right leg injury all of camp. Injuries are one of the main reasons he wasn’t drafted. But he has impressed so far.
– A total of 21 Patriots were out.
– Beautiful play when Tom Brady and Chad Ochocinco hooked up on a 75-yard touchdown after the safeties bit on playaction.
– In 7-on-7, Ochocinco beat tight coverage by Devin McCourty to lay out for a TD on a 55-yard pass from Brady. Ochocinco had a good day of work after being out of the mix yesterday.
– Awesome catch by Wes Welker between McCourty and Leigh Bodden on a deep throw from Brady. Welker fought his way through some contract and flying limbs.
– Aaron Hernandez scored a 7-on-7 touchdown despite Brandon Meriweather holding him the whole way.
DE Andre Carter was a handful for the offensive line as he states his case to be a starter. He was 2-0-1 in one-on-ones, and both wins were in dominating fashion against Nate Solder and then Matt Light. Against Solder, Carter stunned the rookie with a headbutt and then went to the inside. Against Light, Carter started outside and then beat the veteran to the inside. Carter had a pressure, and then a sack in team period when he easily got past TE Rob Gronkowski.
– One of the two starters at safety, Patrick Chung and Meriweather, got burned on a long touchdown from Brady to Ochocinco. It appeared to be Chung, who was visibly upset after the play, but Sergio Brown replaced Meriweather for the remainder of the drive.
– Dropped like it’s hot: Matthew Slater, Rob Gronkowski, Richard Medlin, Jeremy Ross.
– Nice catch: Tyree Barnes, Wes Welker, Chad Ochocinco, Danny Woodhead, Aaron Hernandez.
– Fumbling men: None.
– Big hits: Jermaine Cunningham, Jerod Mayo.
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Standouts–Offense: Sebastian Vollmer (2-0-1), Rich Ohrnberger (1-0-2), Matt Light (2-1-1), Logan Makins (1-0-3). Defense: Vince Wilfork (3-0-1), Andre Carter (2-0-1), Clay Nurse (2-0-0).
Struggled a little bit–Offense: Dan Connolly (0-2-0), Mark LeVoir (0-2-0), Thomas Austin (0-2-1). Defense: Myron Pryor (0-2-2), Jermaine Cunningham (0-2-1), Eric Moore (1-2-2)
Decided victories: Wilfork over Connolly, Carter over Solder, Cohen over Mark Wetterer, Carter over Light.
One day after going 4-1-1, Myron Pryor was a disappointing 0-2-2.
There was a clear difference between Light’s first two reps of one-on-ones in camp, and what Solder has done to this point. Light was physical and showed great strength tossing Moore and Anderson aside — two of the top rushers of camp — before being beaten by Carter’s quickness.
Cunningham finally showed a pass rushing move that didn’t involve a bull rush or pure speed. But the always stout Vollmer wasn’t buying the old Reggie White hump move, as he easily dispatched Cunningham.
Connolly had no chance with one good arm against Wilfork, who still has yet to be defeated. Austin tried his darnedest to get leverage on Wilfork, but he ended up slipping and Wilfork fell right on top of him.
Cohen showed a veteran move when Wetterer got out of balance with his pads way in front of his feet. Cohen just threw him down to the ground.
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– TE Lee Smith stood out in TE vs. DE blocking drills. Aaron Hernandez was much improved, but he did get tossed aside by Alex Silvestro on one rep.
– In the 9-on-7 running drill, Smith nearly completely whiffed trying to block Cunningham as Smith pulled on the play. It appears that Will Yeatman continues to take some of Smith’s snaps. Kyle Love beat OG Jonathan Compas to blow up one play.
– For the first time in camp, there was noticeable work on the three-man line, though a majority was still four-man. From the comments of a few players, it sounds like this was another round of install on the defense.
– The offense stacked two good days together, as Brady was 12 of 15 in team periods, not including a sack. Welker was against his favorite target, but Ochocinco was much more in the mix today.
– Mallett got the vast majority of second-team reps for the second-straight day. He was 4 of 8, not including a sack. The preseason game against the Jaguars continues to be his best showing. He has been average in practice.
– Mallett threw a touchdown to Deion Branch in 7-on-7 despite good coverage from Kyle Arrington.
– Hoyer was 2 of 3 with the incompletion being a drop by Medlin.
– In team periods, Vince Wilfork got a pressure, getting by Mankins. Gerard Warren had a pressure and a sack, Cunningham had a nice hit, Landon Cohen had a pressure.
– Arrington did a nice job getting off a block to take down RB Stevan Ridley.
– A day after missing a block on a WR screen, Ochocinco did the job on a pass to Welker.
– Jerod Mayo would have been called for pass interference on an incompletion from Brady to Woodhead.
– Woodhead scored a goal line TD when Mankins and Koppen opened a huge hole.
Zoltan Mesko had a solid directional punting period when he averaged 4.28 hang time on five punts.
With both Julian Edelman and Taylor Price out, Jeremy Ross, Deion Branch and Wes Welker fielded punts.
– Tommorow’s practice: 1:30-4 p.m.