Patriots take part in first padded practice

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Patriots take part in first padded practice

By Danny Picard
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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 took part in their first padded practicesession of training camp on Thursday afternoon. It was their second session ofthe day, but the first was nothing more than a walkthrough.

The players took the field for two-and-a-half hours inhelmets, shoulder pads, and shorts.

The session began with some light sideline-to-sidelinejogging, followed by a mix of drills for each unit.

It got exciting when the Pats began their 7-on-7 drills,pitting defensive backs up against the quarterbacks and their receivers. It wasin these 7-on-7 drills that fans were excited to see wide receivers TyreeBarnes, Taylor Price, and Brandon Tate each make nice sideline catches onsomewhat overthrown balls.

With special teams mixed in, the Patriots continued 7-on-7drills until they extended to a full out 11-on-11.

Kyle Arrington, Logan Mankins, Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler,BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Myron Pryor, Nate Solder, Ryan Mallett, Shane Vereen,Ras-I Dowling, and Marcus Cannon were all absent from the practice field.

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.