Patriots training camp continued on Wednesday in Foxborough, with the last session before the preseason. It was a relatively short practice, much of which was practiced in an absolute torrential downpour.
Plenty of competitive team drills highlighted the practice, some of which featured Tom Brady under center. It’s unclear what Brady’s reps on Wednesday indicate about his status for Thursday against the Washington Redskins. But even if Brady does play, it’ll only be a series or two.
Here are some notes from today’s abbreviated practice…
— Absent/limited: OT Marcus Cannon, DE Trey Flowers, OT Jason King, LB Harvey Langi, RB Sony Michel, WR Matthew Slater
— Flowers, King, and Slater all worked on the lower field.
— S Nate Ebner, CB Cyrus Jones, and CB Jonathan Jones practiced again in full pads, with an increased workload for all three. The trio worked together on special teams drills for one session while 11-on-11s went on.
— WR Kenny Britt again participated in early drills in full pads before departing for the lower field. The longer he goes without getting reps in team drills, the further away he feels from being assured a spot on the 53-man roster.
— RB Rex Burkhead participated in full to start, but eventually left to work out on the lower field after an 11-on-11 session. Something to monitor for the running back, who dealt with various injuries in 2017.
— Tom Brady went 8-for-10 in 11-on-11s, which felt fairly competitive. He completed three passes to Rob Gronkowski and one each to Chris Hogan, Jacob Hollister, Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, and Riley McCarron. One of his only incompletions was a pass that clanged off Eric Decker’s hands. The other was a low throw that deflected off Dont’a Hightower.
— Cyrus Jones caught some punts in full team drills. No fumbles, positive sign. There’s a chance you’ll see him in that role on Thursday, but it could also be too soon to rush him back on the field in a game situation. They also continued to rotate McCarron and rookie Braxton Berrios in the punt return role, with Edelman and Patrick Chung also getting some reps.
— P Corey Bojorquez had one booming punt that looked like it went about 70 yards. Kid’s got a hell of a leg. Punter obviously isn’t the most exciting position to talk about, but Ryan Allen is no lock to make the roster with Bojorquez present and looking solid.
— Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, and Duke Dawson all recorded pass breakups.
— While it was raining cats & dogs, TE Will Tye caught a pass from Danny Etling, but then fumbled. CB Keion Crossen recovered the fumble. Berrios also
Next stop: the preseason opener.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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