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.

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.