The Patriots have concluded their third practice of training camp. It was the first practice in full pads. Here are the Herald’s observations.
- Rob Ninkovich was still absent for unknown reasons.
- Cody Hollister didn’t participate for the first time after tweaking his leg yesterday.
- Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell, who didn’t practice yesterday for the first time, were present for the start but didn’t participate in much of the workout before departing for the conditioning field.
- Joe Cardona made his debut after fulfilling his Navy obligations.
- Dont’a Hightower (PUP), Alan Branch (PUP) and Andrew Jelks (NFI) remained out.
- There was a run-heavy focus in this workout because they were in full pads for the first time. As such, the quarterbacks’ passing opportunities were a fraction of the previous two days.
- Tom Brady was 4 of 5 in team drills and completed passes to Brandin Cooks (two), Chris Hogan (one) and Julian Edelman (one). Cooks has a team-high nine connections with Brady through three practices.
- Jimmy Garoppolo was 4 of 6 and completed passes to Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, Edelman and James White.
- Jacoby Brissett was 7 of 10 and completed passes to Austin Carr (two), LeShun Daniels (two), Sam Cotton (one), Jacob Hollister (one) and Devin Lucien (one).
- Brady’s lone incompletion occurred because Jordan Richards broke up a pass for Rob Gronkowski. Richards has two picks and two breakups in camp.
- Duron Harmon injured his right leg, perhaps the ankle, while trying to leap to break up a Jimmy Garoppolo incompletion for Chris Hogan in the end zone. Harmon remained on the ground for a minute and got more medical attention afterward on the sideline. He then stretched with his teammates and hung out on the field after practice for about a half hour with family. It’s a good sign that he wasn’t rushing inside to get treatment, but Harmon was noticeably limping while chasing after his kids. So this will need to be monitored in the near future.
- Vincent Valentine stood out in pass rush drills and stormed past David Andrews in a one-on-one rep.
- Deatrich Wise had a really good rep against Cameron Fleming. Wise had to run two laps for offside violations, which isn’t a positive. But Wise also hustled around the field faster than I’ve ever seen anyone run a lap on both occasions. So the effort is intriguing.
- Derek Rivers was stood up a bit on one-on-ones. He is expected to be a project after coming from Youngstown State, so this isn’t a surprise. But it is worth pointing out since it was his first time in pads at a pro level.
- Garoppolo and Cooks connected for a deep touchdown. Cooks flew past Harmon and Nate Ebner and beat them so badly with his speed that he slowed up to catch the underthrown ball and still had space to spare.
- Josh Augusta had a good rep in one-on-ones.
- Something you don’t see every day from a quality punter: Ryan Allen shanked one so badly that it landed in about the fifth row of the bleachers.
- Brady took over the goal-line offense for two reps and handed off to Mike Gillislee each time, and Gillislee scored a pair of touchdowns. He trucked Devin McCourty on the first run up the middle and followed James Develin and Nate Solder for the second score.
- By comparison, Rex Burkhead was stuffed twice when Garoppolo and the backups took over afterward.
Next up: The Patriots return to practice tomorrow morning at 9:15. It’s open to the public.