Roll call: Practice #1

FOXBOROUGH – Here is a quick rundown of practice attendance and headlines after the first practice.

We’ll be back later with a full rundown of what transpired, though it will be limited because the first three days are no in pads.

Dress code
Shells (soft pads)

Reserve/did not report: RG Brian Waters.

Physically unable to perform: LG Logan Mankins (knee), RT Sebastian Vollmer (back), C Nick McDonald (unknows), OT Markus Zusevics, TE Daniel Fells (shoulder), TE Jake Ballard (knee), DT Myron Pryor (shoulder), WR Jeremy Ebert (hamstring).

Red jerseys: WR Matthew Slater, S James Ihedigbo,

Not participating: S Nate Ebner (unknown)


  • TE Rob Gronkowski was not in a red jersey, which identifies players who are limited, so he was full go.
  • With numbers limited, the starting offensive line was LT Nate Solder, LG Ryan Wendell/Robert Gallery, C Dan Koppen, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon.
  • The defense was largely unchanged from the off-season practices.
  • Brandon Spikes was very limited and Dane Fletcher continued to take the middle linebacker reps.
  • Ras-I Dowling was the first corner off the bench in sub packages.
  • First-round picks Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower continued in reserve roles.
  • Jones looks much more impressive physically in pads than he did in a t-shirt during off-season practices. Surprisingly, Jones was not in the mix during 11-on-11 for a while, but then emerged as the first-round RDE in subpackages.
  • Overall, the operative word on the defensive line is tinkering. Players were moved all over the line.
  • Kyle Arrington was among those to take kickoff returns.
  • Will Allen played a lot of safety.
  • New TE Visanthe Shiancoe was in the mix immediately. Looked pretty good but had trouble with his footing at times.

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