FOXBORO -- For the first time during Patriots mini-camp, Dominique Easley was present and accounted for during Thursday's session. Not only that, he participated in a few drills and appeared to be moving fluidly on his surgically-repaired torn right ACL.
The Patriots selected Easley with their first pick (No. 29 overall) in this year's draft, but in OTA sessions and mini-camp practices open to the media he had not been spotted until this week's final workout.
Easley did not participate in part of New England's warmup for practice -- which took place inside the Dana Farber Field House -- but he did take part in drills with defensive linemen. Reporters got a good look at Easley getting jumps off of snaps and jogging for a few steps as though he was following the flow of a play. He also moved swiftly between bags during a drill, slapping them to the ground to mimic working around blockers.
Easley also lined up on the defensive line during some half-speed 11-on-11 work. He wore a sleeve on his right knee throughout.
Given that these practices are still held without pads it's difficult to say how much of a workload Easley could endure at this point, but getting out on the field and working in drills with teammates represents a step in the right direction for the rookie.
Players missing from today's session were Aaron Dobson, Armond Armstead, Alfonzo Dennard, Josh Boyce, Malcolm Butler and Wilson Van Hooser.
Boyce appeared to suffer a lower-body injury early in Wedensday's practice. He did not participate in any drills after tapping out of Wednesday's warmup period.
Dobson, Armstead and Dennard have not participated in any of this week's mini-camp sessions.
Darrelle Revis, who missed Wednesday's workout, was back on the field Thursday. He'll meet with media following the practice.