Postcard from Camp Day 11: Belichick drops for push-ups when Patriots lose last period of joint practices with Jags


Postcard from Camp Day 11: Belichick drops for push-ups when Patriots lose last period of joint practices with Jags

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were back on the fields behind Gillette Stadium for joint practice with the Jaguars on Tuesday. For the second straight day it was unseasonably cool, and for the second time in three days there was rain. 

Here's what we saw . . . 



* Matthew Slater, Eric Rowe, Shea McClellin, Tony Garcia and Trevor Bates were not spotted on the fields when things kicked off around 9:30 a.m.

* The group of Patriots that headed down to the lower field for some conditioning work included Nate Solder, Malcolm Mitchell, Mike Gillislee, Danny Amendola, Vincent Valentine, Cody Hollister, James O'Shaughnessy and David Jones.



* Ealy left practice briefly for the medical tent with head trainer Jim Whalen. He appeared to be nursing an arm injury. He eventually returned and participated in some 11-on-11 work with the second group. At the end of practice, he was working against the Jags third-team offense to see more reps.


* Harvey Langi, Lawrence Guy, Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise made up New England's starting front four early in 11-on-11 work. Derek Rivers also saw extensive work with the top group as a stand-up pass-rusher and a coverage linebacker. Rivers aligned over the center, guard and tackle in a two-point stance, showing Bill Belichick's willingness to have his top pick in 2017 bounce around. 


* Kenny Moore was one of the top two gunners on the punt team opposite Jonathan Jones. With Matthew Slater out, there's an opening for that role. Moore has had a good deal of success getting his hands on the football dating back to last spring, and it seems as though the Patriots staff wants to see if he can give them anything in the kicking game. Moore was also was in a vice role on the first-team punt-return group. 



* David Andrews lost ground to Abry Jones.

* Shaq Mason stopped Malik Jackson.

* Marcus Cannon planted Dante Fowler twice.

*  Cam Fleming made quick work of Lerentee McCray.

* Joe Thuney swallowed up Sheldon Day. 

* Ted Karras beat up Kevin Maurice.


* Malcolm Mitchell had a drop and Sam Cotton had two. 

* Mitchell made up for his drop by making a defender fall on one rep and by shaking Stanley Jean-Baptiste on another.

* Patrick Chung and Kenny Moore recorded pass breakups. 

* Rob Gronkowski was flagged by an official for a push-off. 

* Brandin Cooks had his second one-handed touchdown in as many days. And, yes, he got his feet down. One of the plays of the day.

* Brady dropped to do push-ups when the Jags won the final rep of the period. 



* Brady complete to Gronkowski

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Brady incomplete to Edelman. Broken up by Pozluzny.

* Brady complete to Gronkowski.  

* Brady complete to White. 


* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Lucien. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Burkhead. 


* Brady complete to Gronkowski. 

* Brady tucks it down. Good coverage. 


* Garoppolo complete to Gronkowski. Fist bump after the fact. 




* Fournette run. 

* Bortles tucks and runs. Langi the first to stop him. 

* Wise (up the middle) and Rivers (around the left edge) meet at the quarterback for a sack.

* Bortles incomplete to Benn. Butler PBU. Wise pressured Bortles from 3-tech. 

* Bortles incomplete for Robinson. Gilmore PBU. 

* False start. 

* Bortles incomplete for Lee. Ball was caught but out of bounds. Butler in coverage. 

* Henne in. Grant run. 

* Henne complete to Cole with C. Jones in coverage. (Rivers standing over the center. Belichick sends whole group for a lap.)

* Henne complete to Wynn with J. Jones in coverage. 



* Brady incomplete for Allen. Overthrown and out of Allen's reach. (Waddle in as top left tackle.)

* Lewis run. 

* Brady complete to Lewis. (Facemask on Fowler. Pony formation with Lewis, Burkhead.)

* Lewis run. 

* Brady incomplete to Hogan over the middle. Out of his reach. (Fleming in at left tackle.)

* Brady complete to Cooks. 

* Garoppolo in. Lewis long run. 

* Lewis fumble. 

* Garoppolo complete to Carr. 



* Bortles incomplete to . . . no one. 

* Ivory run. 

* Bortles incomplete to Robinson. Gilmore and Harmon PBU. 

* Fournette run blown up by Flowers. Jags tried to block Flowers with Alex Ellis. 

* Bortles complete to Gilmore deep down the field. Glimore called for PI. 

* Bortles incomplete. 

* Henne in. Ivory run. 

* Grant run. 

* Henne complete to Pinkard. Rivers dropped into coverage. 



* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Bolden run. 

* Brady complete to Allen. 

* Brady incomplete out of bounds. 

* Bolden run. 

* False start. 

* Brady complete Hogan. 

* Garoppolo in. Bolden run. 

* White run. 

* Garoppolo floats it over double-coverage to Lucien. 



* Bortles sacked by Roberts. 

* Jaguars hold. 

* Bortles incomplete out of bounds. 

* Bortles picked by Butler in coverage of Lee. 

* Ivory run. Ran at Langi with success. 

* Bortles complete to Lee for a touchdown with Gilmore in coverage. 

* Bortles incomplete. Guy pressure. 

* Bortles incomplete. Van Noy pressure, drew a hold. Slow to come off. 



* Brady complete to Gronkowski down the seam.

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Bolden run. Good work at the goal line from Develin and Waddle.

* Lewis stuffed in the backfield. Ngakoue beat Cannon. 

* Neutral zone infraction. 

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. Scramble drill after Fowler almost freed himself from Cannon.

* White run. 

* Cooks run stuffed. 



* Fournette stuffed by Roberts, Flowers and Harris. 

* Yeldon gets in despite Guy's late charge. 

* Yeldon in.

* Fournette gets in. Big collision with Freeny. 



* Bolden stuffed by Malik Jackson. 

* Brady incomplete to Lengel. 

* Burkhead stuffed. 

* Burkhead in. 



* Bortles complete to Yeldon. 

* Bortles incomplete. Adam Butler pressure. 

* Bortles incomplete. 

* Bortles complete to Lee with Gilmore in coverage. 



* Brady incomplete for Hogan. Hogan and Cooks ended up in the same area.

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. 


* Henne complete to Benn. 

* Henne incomplete. 

* Henne complete to Ivory for a touchdown with Van Noy in coverage. 



* Brady complete to Cooks for a touchdown with Howard in coverage. 

* Brady incomplete for White. 

* Brady incomplete for White. Day pressure on Mason. 

* Brady complete to Cooks. 

* Brady complete to Allen over the middle for the touchdown. 



* Brissett complete to Tony Washington. 

* Foster run.

* Brissett incomplete. Pass batted at the line. 

* Brissett complete to Maye. 

* Daniels run.

* Brissett complete to Maye. Maye fumble.  

* Brissett complete to Washington over the middle.

* Daniels run. 

* Brissett jump-ball picked by Jean-Baptiste. Intended for Wasington.

* Daniels run. 

* Foster run.

* Brissett incomplete after scramble drill. Locked onto first option. Wasn't there.

* Foster run. Stopped before the goal line. Belichick reps out pushups because Patriots were stopped. 

Gronkowski, Hightower, Amendola present at Patriots practice Wednesday


Gronkowski, Hightower, Amendola present at Patriots practice Wednesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had their All-Pro tight end back on the field for practice after he suffered an injury scare against the Saints in Week 2.

Rob Gronkowski (groin) joined other injured Patriots on the fields behind Gillette Stadium for Wednesday's workout, including Danny Amendola (missed the Saints game with a concussion and a knee injury), Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Matthew Slater (hamstring). Phillip Dorsett (left Sunday's game with a knee injury) was also present for practice, as was Chris Hogan, who appeared to be dealing with a leg injury versus the Saints.

Missing from the practice were Marcus Cannon and Rex Burkhead. Cannon was limited in practice last week with an ankle issue, and Burkhead suffered a ribs injury in New Orleans. 

Gronkowski appeared to be moving well during the early portion of the practice. He took part in blocking drills with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen to start the practice and did not appear to be inhibited by the groin injury that knocked him from Sunday's win. The Patriots will release a practice report later in the day on Wednesday that indicates whether Gronkowski was at all limited. 

Watt: Brady, Belichick hurricane relief donation 'speaks volumes about their character'


Watt: Brady, Belichick hurricane relief donation 'speaks volumes about their character'

JJ Watt ended up raising over $37 million for his Hurricane Harvey relief fund online. As it turns out, that number got a bump from a couple of his rivals in the AFC.

According to The Houston Chronicle, Watt told reporters on Wednesday that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were among the over 209,000 people who donated to his fundraising efforts.


"That's  an incredibly kind gesture and shows what kind of people they are and speaks volumes about their character," Watt said. "They're good people."

Watt will square off against Brady and Belichick when the Texans visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Belichick said on Wednesday that his team will have to focus on Watt, who was injured and unavailable during last season's Divisional Round matchup between the two clubs. 

"The quickness that J.J. has with the power that he has is a pretty rare combination," Belichick said. "On top of that, he’s got great length and he’s got a great motor. You're not talking about a 6-foot-1 guy. You’re not talking about a guy that takes plays off. You’ve got to deal with his length, his power, his quickness on every single play. That in itself is difficult. He just wears guys down with effort and toughness.

"Then when you take the skill that he has and combine it all together, that puts him at a very – I mean you're talking about the best defensive player in the league for more than one year. He's got a lot going for him and he’s facing it every week. It’s not like he’s sneaking up on anybody. You know when you’re playing him that he’s going to get some extra attention. Every team knows where he is and every team is trying to make sure he doesn’t ruin the game, yet he’s still very, very disruptive. He’s a great player."