So, before we start, you may notice that I put Day 12 in the headline. The last entry was Day 8. Time warp, right? Noooo. See, the Patriots reported July 25. Theyve had nine practices as of Sunday. But theyve been in camp almost two weeks. So calling Sunday Day 9 of camp isnt terribly accurate. Fascinating, no? I cant wait for a game so I can have more stuff to write about.
Tropical. Hot, humid and in the high 80s. No rain.
WHAT THEY WORE
Full pads. And Brandon Spikes appeared to be wearing a brace on his right knee. Not sure if thats a new addition or standard fare.
WHAT THEY DID
1:45-2:30: The same walkthrough, stretching, positional stretching, positional drills that they always do.
2:30: 11-on-11 Drills with a lot of situational stuff mixed in
2:45: Special teams (directional kickoffs and coverage)
2:55: 7 on-7
3:05: 1-on-1 tackling drill
3:10: Special teams, pass-blocking drills, quarterback fundamental drills
3:20:3:45: 11-on-11 situational work
WHAT WE SAW
A heckuva pick by Ras-I Dowling down the left sideline on a pass intended for Aaron Hernandez. The ball was thrown by Brian Hoyer.
Jerod Mayo with a stout tackle on Aaron Hernandez in 1-on-1 tackling. Also, Shane Vereen accelerating around Bobby Carpenter and Julian Edelman juking Josh Barrett to the ground.
Converted defensive player Alex Silvestro making a catch in 11-on-11s.
A nice catch by Jessie Holley, followed by my saying, Hes not bad. And my friend Mary Paoletti saying, Liar. Thats the first good play hes made.
Kyle Love down for a stretch and then being helped to the sidelines after what appeared to be an eye injury.
Tom Brady going 14-for-21 in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
Tackle Darrion Weems leaving practice after an apparent leg injury.
A too-many-men-on-the-field penalty on a field-goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski at the end of a hurry-up drive.
Several trick plays (were not allowed to divulge the nature of said plays. Sorry).
Gronk getting yelled at to get on the field for a kickoff drill.
Chandler Jones pursuit of a scrambling Brian Hoyer on a slow-developing screen.
Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney standing in the end zone catching deep balls from all three quarterbacks. And Lloyd giving a little surreptitious wave to some kids who kept yelling his name.
Brady getting agitated at Donald Thomas during 11-on-11s.
James Ihedigbo and Matt Slater out of their red jerseys.
Shane Vereen. He appears to be coming around after a slow start to camp.
Devin McCourty. Hes been very good in press coverage when asked to do that a weak point in 2011.
Aaron Hernandez. Generally catching everything thrown to him.
Brandon Deaderick seems to take a lap every practice for some infraction.
WHAT THEY SAID
Weve got a long way to go. Weve got a long way to go. Weve got a lot of practices, a lot of meetings; weve got four preseason games. Weve got a lot of work ahead of us and were nowhere where we need to be here, but thats why were coming out and practicing every day. Like I said, were not taking anything for granted, were trying to come out and string practices together. We had a good one today and weve got to come out and have a good one tomorrow. Tom Brady on meshing with the offensive line.