Postcard from Patriots camp: Day 9

Postcard from Patriots camp: Day 9
August 5, 2013, 1:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Getaway Monday for the Patriots as they went through a very mild morning practice prior to shipping out for Philadelphia. Monday was the ninth day of training camp and an upbeat Bill Belichick started the day with a 10 a.m. press conference before practice at 10:20.

WEATHER
Low 70s, clear as a diamond, light wind.

WHAT THEY WORE
Shorts and shell shoulder pads. Tim Tebow, Ryan Mallett and Tom Brady were turned out nicely in red “don’t hit me” jerseys. Devin McCourty had the red jersey on again.

WHO WASN’T THERE
Armond Armstead, Marcus Cannon, Ras-I Dowling and Jermaine Cunningham were not out at practice. Wideouts Michael Jenkins and Mark Harrison spectated in their practice jerseys.

WHAT THEY DID
After Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage gave the staff a chance to eyeball its team in fluid situations with real-game scenarios, the situations became a little more specific during the walkthrough. Onsides kickoffs, pooch punts, Hail Marys, quick snaps by the goal line were all practiced in great detail. Watching the team install its Hail Mary – a play which often looks like chaos – was interesting as Josh McDaniels mentored Josh Boyce on the importance of trailing the play and being able to react to a ball slapped down and back toward the goal line.

WHO'S HOT
It was a walkthrough. Everybody looked kinda hot.

WHO’S NOT
It was a walkthrough. Nobody looked not so hot.

WHAT WE SAW
During the early portion of practice when 11-on-11 walkthrough reps were being taken, Brian Daboll was the assigned tutor for Tim Tebow.

Vince Wilfork is usually a little lead-footed during dynamic sprints and stretching but he was motoring on Monday.

Brandon Spikes, who usually half-speeds all the stretching and running reps, inexplicably took off flying during one of the final sprints and started clutching at his hamstring. He kept at it for about a minute then returned to normal. It was a gag, a spoof, a joke.

With Dan Connolly still slow to return from his offseason surgery and Marcus Cannon absent, Will Svitek took a bunch of reps at right guard.

The Patriots four wide-receiver set at one point had Leon Washington, Kenbrell Thompkins, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

Josh Boyce, Thompkins and Amendola were one of the three-wide sets. Another was Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Boyce.

The Patriots are 9-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, 4-1 to win the AFC and 1-4 to win the AFC East, according to Bovada.

WHAT THEY SAID
"It was awesome, it was impressive. It was great to see a lot of people that I haven’t seen for awhile going back to Bill’s [Parcells] Giants days but also many other people came to be there for Coach Parcells and of course the players that I have coached along that way too. It was a good experience and a great night for Bill." -- Bill Belichick on his night at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday.