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Archive for August 15th, 2007

August 15 PM: Final 2007 Camp Report

It’s pitch black here and I’ve just gotten in from the final practice. It was a bit longer tonight and the daylight was a bit shorter signaling the end of camp and the start of the next phase of pre-season then on to school and the regular season.

Here’s what was up at Gillette this evening.

  • Guys were in full pads for the 3rd (public) practice in a row.
  • I didn’t see Tom Brady, Adalius Thomas, Ty Warren, Gemara Williams, Larry Anam, Artrell Hawkins, Kyle Bissinger (who got dinged this morning), Billy Yates, Mike Wright nor the usual MIAs.
  • At long last, the rookies sported their creative hairdoos much to the delight of the crowd (pictures to follow!) and the vets set up another “slip-n-slide” session for them as well.
  • Jon Bon Jovi was in the house and spoke to Kraft on the sidelines prior to practice but was on the field with Belichick throughout most of the practice itself.
  • Today’s focus was mostly on the run game and short passing game with some deep balls towards the end of the night heading toward the opposite end zone.
  • With Brady not present, Cassel saw most of the reps hitting Watson, Kight, and Brian Jones and Welker each more than once.
  • Cassel looked pretty good tonight and I think he’s better when he gets more reps rather than subbing in. He seems more comfortable and gets his timing down.
  • Taking laps tonight were Kenny Smith, Kareem Brown, and Zach West.
  • Kyle Brady was once again on the sidelines in work-out wear.
  • It was nice to see Don Davis retain a spot with team and nice to see him with the coaching staff out there on the field today.

Practice ran a bit longer than usual with lots of guys signing and lots of players’ kids on the field post-practice to play with their Dads. I bet they’re all happy that they’ll be breaking camp and coming home by the weekend.

As for me, I’ll be at the game on Friday, then I’m changing gears, getting ready for school and taking a week of R&R in the sun with my family and overflowing bookbag.

I’ll likely post my roster predictions and as always check for my weekly podcast and website to keep up on the latest in Patriot Nation. I’ll be adding pictures to my flickr account all season as well.

Keep tuning in to the podcast for weekly reports

August 15 AM

Arrived at camp this morning to see the veterans on the field in plain clothes doing a walk through while waiting for them to open the gates  a little after 9:00. Once  they left, they let us in  and the back-ups took the field in full pads for what amounted to another walk through situation.

Here’s what little I observed between reading a long overdue library book about teaching (You can tell the natural progression of life as it’s getting closer to head back to school and I’m getting in the groove):

  • The thousands of people who stayed home today must have gotten the memo that I missed. 😉 There were very, very few fans there today although tons of media.
  • The biggest “name” out there appeared to be Patriot’s own B-Lowe, Brian Lowe, of Patriots Today who was asked by a group of kids to sign autographs :-)
  • BB must have been the DJ today as they added in the noise factor by playing nothing but Bon Jovi on the loudspeakers throughout practice.
  • During the brief team portion Willie Andrews came up with a couple of picks on deflected balls. (Bam had one pop in and out of his hands but I’m not sure who the other one was.)
  • Coaches were present for the practice despite the starters not being there.
  • Guiterrez was the lone QB on the field.
  • Bam Childress lined up as RB for a few handoffs.
  • At one point Kyle Bissinger went down and was on his hands and knees for a bit while being attended to by trainers. They checked him out then he walked off under his own power.

That’s all folks! See you tonight for the final public practice of the season. I’ve got lots to do today before then so the extra long break in between is working out well for me.