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Archive for August 6th, 2007

Season Ticket Holders’ Practice 8/6/07

Just got in from the season ticket holders’ practice held inside Gillette Stadium tonight. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m usually “off duty” for this one since there are lots and lots of fans there reporting so I give myself permission to just relax and take it all in. I actually got to watch this one from a different vantage point as I was …. get this…. IN the press box tonight! Actually, I was there with fellow Fans of the Year for a sneak peek of the future Patriots Hall of Fame being built on the site of the former proshop. That multi-media rich attraction is going to be unbelievably awesome!! When the presentation was finished we got to hang out there to watch practice so I headed over to the windows after I ate. (Mr. Kraft also popped in to say hi which was cool too!) I sat next to Erik from PFW and chatted with him and Fred Kirsch about new media.
Don Crique was also in the house which was totally cool too!

Here are just some of the random things that I noticed:

  • Guys were in full pads, however some players were on the field early in workout wear so it initially looked like it would be another walkthrough type practice.
  • I didn’t see Kelley Washington, Randy Moss, Dante Stallworth, Pierre Woods, Jarvis Green, Artrell Hawkins nor any of the PUPpies but did see Kyle Brady on the sidelines in shorts and a tee.
  • The lower bowl was pretty packed with fans and as usual, John Rook was on the PA explaining the drills at the change of each period.
  • During drills they set out a big blue pad to catch the players as they dove to block kicks. Looked like fun!
  • At one point Randall Gay left the field with trainers and later returned with his elbow wrapped. Billy Yates left but I didn’t see him return.
  • Santonio Thomas jumped offsides and took a lap for encroachment.
  • Dunlap (9) (who??) made a couple of noticeable catches and Welker can cut like a knife :-)
  • Brady took it easy tonight with Cassel and Guitierrez seeing most of the action.
  • I caught 3 picks (there may have been more but like I said, Off Duty) Adalius Thomas and James Sanders and Brandon Meriweather each picked Cassel. The rookie obviously was aware of the situation as he took a knee for a head’s up play.
  • Mike Wright blew by Wesley Britt and ended up right in Cassel’s face and barked loudly simulating a SACK rather than throw him to the ground (which was off-limits.)
  • Watson came up gimpy after one of the final plays of practice.
  • They ended practice with full squad sprints.
  • Defensive Line signed but I bolted early to beat the traffic.

Roster moves: Dante Stallworth off PUP and Quadtrine Hill released.

Tomorrow’s practice is 2:30 to 4:30 so I’ll see you then. As always, check out the Training Camp gallery and my latest podcast.

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