Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated


Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated

FOXBORO -- Kyle Love was face down for several minutes on his stomach with his hand to his head. When he left the field, trainers seemed to test for concussion, then seemed more concerned with trying to flush his eye. Love left the field and didn't return.

Tom Brady was 14-for-21 passing on the day. He cooled off quite a bit during the end of practice when the offense was running a two-minute drill. He wasn't too pleased with the execution either, screaming at one point, "What are we doing here?!" His agitation seemed directed at Donald Thomas.

The starting offensive line in 11-on-11 was Nate Solder, Thomas (in place of the newly-retired Robert Gallery), Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon.

Cornerback Ras-I Dowling made the biggest play of the during the 11-on-11 portion of practice, intercepting a Brian Hoyer pass deep down the left sideline that was intended for Aaron Hernandez.

One of the most entertaining drills in camp has been 1-on-1 tackling. On Sunday, Jerod Mayo took down Hernandez. Bobby Carpenter got blown away by Shane Vereen. Hernandez stepped around Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Eckel beat Dane Fletcher and Alex Silvestro got tacked down by Aaron Lavarias. The move of the session went to Julian Edelman -- who took the hardest hit of the drill from Dane Fletcher moments earlier -- because he sent Josh Barrett to the ground with a jump stop and quick direction change.

James Ihedigbo and Matt Slater were out of their red "DON'T TOUCH ME!" jerseys and are now touchable.

Spencer Larsen, Tracy White, Tim Bulman, Visanthe Shiancoe and Matt Kopa were down in addition to the players still on PUP.

Brandon Spikes was wearing a brace on his right knee. He left Wednesday's practice after the big brouhaha with a knee issue.

Vince Wilfork nearly flipped over the one-player sled during one of the early drills. I mean flipped it over backwards. Scary strong.

A number of defensive backs and wideouts with special teams responsibilities worked on punt blocks and then the scoopscore move.

Wide receivers and defensive backs spent time trying to beatget jams at the line. Ross Ventrone struggled. Wes Welker abused Ras-I Dowling. Julian Edelman and Matt Slater both beat Kyle Arrington. Devin McCourty did well.

Brandon Lloyd took a lap around the field when he jumped the gun at the line of scrimmage for a false start.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Danny Picard contributed to this report.

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list


Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.