Notes: Haynesworth participation limited in practice


Notes: Haynesworth participation limited in practice

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots were in full pads for their two-hour afternoonpractice session on Sunday, but it wasnt the smoothest the team has looked intheir first four days of training camp.

Sticking out at the afternoon practice was many droppedballs and several fumbles. Most notably from newly acquired wide receiver ChadOchcocinco, who dropped multiple passes in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Ochocinco didnt have to run laps though, like quarterbackRyan Mallett and running back Danny Woodhead. Mallett fumbled a snap early inthe practice, and Woodhead followed it up with a lost fumble of his own momentslater, forcing them to do a lap around the practice field.

Other than those instances, all eyes were on newly acquired defensivelineman Albert Haynesworth, who participated in his first practice with theteam on Sunday.

Haynesworth didnt participate fully, though. He ranthrough several drills in the opening hour of practice, but after that, hewatched the entire 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills from the sideline.

Even while the rest of the top unit (offense and defense)ran sprints to conclude the practice, Haynesworth remained on the sideline anddid some abdominal work and stretching.

There was a lighter moment midway through the secondsession, as Ochcocinco made his way over to the defensive linemen during abreak in action. Ochocinco had everyone in the group laughing, includinglinebacker coach Pepper Johnson, Vince Wilfork, and Haynesworth. Ochocinco endedthe friendly encounter with a handshake with Johnson.

To give you an idea as to where some are in the earlystages of training camp, quarterback Tom Brady had to go out of his way tocritique rookie running back Stevan Ridleys position in the backfield whilein shotgun formation. Just before the snap, Brady tapped him on the shoulderand pointed to another spot on the field, about a yard ahead of where heinitially was. A sign of perfection from Brady. A sign of youth from Ridley.

The hit of the day goes to linebacker Brandon Spikes, ashe stood up tight end Aaron Hernandez with a hard shoulder at the line ofscrimmage. Hernandez stayed on his feet, but Spikes clearly held up.

On an afternoon that didnt see much excitement from theoffense, the defensive play of the day came from safety Patrick Chung andcornerback Leigh Bodden, in a combined effort to hold onto an interception on aBrian Hoyer underthrown ball that was intended for tight end Rob Gronkowskidown the right sideline.

Gronkowski made a nice effort to reach over Bodden and gethis hands on the ball that was targeted for Boddens chest. But as Bodden andGronkowski tried to rip the ball from each other on the ground, Chung came overand helped the defense win the battle.

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Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Three weeks removed from his team blowing a 25-point, second-half lead in the Super Bowl, Mohamed Sanu offered a possible explanation for the Atlanta Falcons losing their edge against the Patriots.

Lady Gaga.

More specifically, it was the half-hour-plus halftime show that interrupted the Falcons' rhythm, the receiver said Friday on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football."

“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, and when you’re not on the field for like an hour, it’s just like going to work out, like a great workout, and you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said.

Sanu was asked if the delay was something you can simulate in practice. 

"It's really the energy [you can't duplicate]," he said. "I don't know if you can simulate something like that. That was my first time experiencing something like that."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did simulate it. In his Super Bowl practices, he had his team take long breaks in the middle.

Sanu also addressed the Falcons' pass-first play-calling that didn't eat up clock while the Patriots came back.

"The thought [that they weren't running the ball more] crossed your mind, but as a player, you're going to do what the coach [Dan Quinn] wants you to do." Sanu said. "He's called plays like that all the time."


It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade


It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.