Postcards from Camp: Day 5


Postcards from Camp: Day 5

Day 5 of Patriots Training Camp. After an off day Monday, the team was back at it, once again in full pads. Because of the massive crowds that have been filling the hill overlooking the practice field, the media tent was moved about 40 yards to the left to open up greater spectator room. We're getting into the drudgery days of camp this week. The Saints don't come in until next Tuesday, no games on the horizon until Thursday and bones are sore.

Overcast and cool, in the low 70s.

Full pads. And James Ihedigbo and Matt Slater still cruising around in red "Leave Me ALONE!!" jerseys.

The same routine of pre-practice warmup, dynamic stretching, individual position group stretching and drills led things off.

Position groups broke up for 1-on-1 work. The receivers and defensive backs had some excellent matchups we detail a bit further down.

The safeties and linebackers worked on zone drops in the goal line.

The quarterbacks worked on throwing to secondary receivers by the goal line with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels signaling where he wanted the ball thrown, to the goalpost at the back of the end zone short at the goal line or on a fade to the corner.

Free kicks were worked on as were kickoff returns.

Jermaine Cunningham. The third-year player, who really needs to have a camp and then a preseason that ignites some of the promise of his rookie season, continues to play well off the left edge in the 4-3, especially against the run.

Aaron Hernandez. Watching him operate in a practice setting rep after rep allows you to see what his gift is. The ability to shake a defender to set him up and then cut quickly and with long steps to get massive separation. Hernandez' speed isn't awesome. His quickness and explosion are.

Devin McCourty. Aside from a few plays early in camp when he got twisted up but good by Brandon Lloyd, McCourty has been worthy of mention because he hasn't been on the scene for many plays of mention. In other words, all's quiet. And that's good.

Visanthe Shiancoe. The tight end was down on Tuesday. No obvious injury was seen as he left the field in shorts and a t-shirt at the end of practice.

Dan Koppen. The veteran center seems to spend an awful lot of time either on the ground or reaching as opposed to being able to stay on blocks and drive. He bears close watch.

Brandon Bolden. The rookie who's gained praise had a fumble and - this is nitpicking - didn't seem to find as much daylight as he has on other days. That's also a by-product of the Patriots defense being ahead of the offense.

Great action in 1-on-1s opportunity. Hernandez owned them. Wes Welker and Julian Edelman were also tough covers.

Defensive end Alex Silvestro took some extra reps on offense because Shiancoe was out. He's a big ball of danger out there at tight end, nearly crushing Julian Edelman on a goal line play when the players ran their routes at the same depth and collided.

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman's agent, Steve Dubin, was at practice.

So was former Giant Carl Banks who was in a Patriots t-shirt and shorts. When I tweeted out that info, Giants fans weren't happy.

Jermaine Cunningham and Gerard Warren combined on a tackle-for-loss of Stevan Ridley. Ridley got blasted on a number of plays. It seemed a better day for running back Shane Vereen.

Brandon Lloyd had a couple of drops in drills and 11-on-11. Bolden and Edelman had fumbles.

Josh Barrett came up with a pick off a deflection. The pass was thrown by Ryan Mallett.

Elsewhere...Mike Florio at PFT mentions that the prescription drug Adderall, which helps against the symptoms of ADD, has been cited by a number of players as a reason for positive tests for performance enhancers. Brandon Spikes blamed the same thing after his positive test in 2010.

Spikes was on the field for his most extended work since camp began. Same intense, downhill, playmaking self. With Dont'a Hightower at the strong side linebacker spot, Spikes in the middle and Jerod Mayo at the weak side, there was a formidable looking group on the field for a spell.

"The fourth quarter was who, Brady and the other rookie, Tim Rattay?" - Bill Belichick, recalling the first preseason game he coached for New England, the Hall of Fame Game in 2000 against the 49ers. Tesday was anniversary of that clash

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents