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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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots


Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he'll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York.

"I think that’s a good question, it’s a fair question, it’s one that we really have to give some good consideration to," Belichick began. "As I said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the Arizona game. Tom [Brady] isn’t going to be playing for a while, so it’s kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks. Jacoby [Brissett] certainly could use all the playing time that he can get. I think that whichever players we play will benefit from it and it will be valuable to them. We could play all three quarterbacks a lot next week and they’d all benefit from that and it would all be good, but we can’t."

Since they can't, Belichick said there will be situational work done with whoever isn't going to get the game reps.

"We only have one game and so many snaps, so we’ll have to, between practice and the game, put them in some situations that are somewhat controllable like a two-minute situation or things like that that you know are going to kind of come up one way or another," said Belichick. "You can sort of control those in how you want those broken down, what’s best, what does each guy need and how can we get the best we need for each guy. I need to let them get the reps that they need, but it’s how do we get the team ready for what they need to be ready for. They all need to get ready for different things.

What Jimmy’s role is in a couple weeks is going to be a lot different than what Tom’s is, and it’s going to be a lot different than what Jacoby’s is. At some point later on, those roles are going to change again. So again, there’s no perfect solution to it. We’ll just do the best we can to try to have our individual players and our team as well prepared as possible at whatever point that is that we have to deal with, and whenever those situations come up."

As I wrote earlier today, this is the sticky and uncomfortable situation arising from Deflategate. It's not a Tom Brady penalty. It's a team penalty when one considers the ripple effects. And there's no handbook to consult.