Greetings From Foxboro: Defensive cohesion

Greetings From Foxboro: Defensive cohesion
July 31, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Hello, friends! We're now seven days in, and boy are things getting fun around here.

Well, certainly so on the defensive side of things. Those guys are celebrating in the Pats offense's collective face as often as possible. It looks like they're really enjoying it out there.

Mike Giardi, Phil Perry, and Tom E. Curran checked in after another entertaining day on the practice fields.

"What struck me was . . . the enthusiasm of the defense," Curran said. "Very spirited workout. Supposed to be in the dog days of camp, but it seems like these guys are embracing the work."

Perry explained what Curran was talking about.

"We got to see some big plays on the defense especially down here by the goal line," Perry said. "Rob Ninkovich blew up one running play near the goal line. Tommy Kelly had another nice play. So some good energy by the defense. The offense tried to respond, but it feels like the defense is really ahead of the offense at this point and they were doing more of the celebrating."

But it wasn't all defense. The offense had a little say, in particular Ryan Mallett, who according to Giardi played well.

"A lot of reps for Ryan Mallett and I thought a pretty good day for him as well," Giardi said. "Throwing the ball downfield and one in particular a wheel route to Shane Vereen which is a ball that Vereen struggled to catch. Well as we all know Mallett doesn't throw balls with much arc. Puts it on a line, absolutely beautiful connection there. Like what I saw from Ryan Mallet."