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Archive for August 3rd, 2009

MrsB August 3rd PM

Just back from the second practice of the day and while the boys were in shorts, shells and helmets instead of full pads for the first time this camp, it was a pretty spirited and fast paced practice.

*Tom Brady started off practice as the recipient of his “gift” from the OLine… a cake in the face and a Gatorade jug-o-water shower much to the delight of his teammates.  His pointing at his line and giving the slicing of the throat sign insures that payback will certainly be coming!

*Brandon Merriweather certainly is vocal.. He could be heard hooting and hollering every time his defensive teammates made a good play and when he picked off Brady and robbed Moss of a TD, he dropped to the ground and started spinning around in  a 3 Stooges like celebration.

* The JUGS machine was used again during kick-off drills and the guys had to first field one ball then toss it into the air as another was on the way, catching both then again with 3 balls. (What can I say… watching drills gets to be old after awhile and something new to report spices it up.)

*QB’s and receivers worked on routes simultaneously with all 4 throwing and running to receive at the same time.

*During 1 handed receiving drills, I once again commented to Mike that it’s like Moss has Velcro hands… He’s in a class by himself.

*Rookie Darius Butler (28)  stayed stride for stride with Moss and  tipped a Brady pass robbing him  during 7-on-7’s. Later, Welker took the rook to school evading him and connecting with Brady for a TD.

*Eric Alexander did lots of (voluntary) pushups on the sidelines throughout practice  when it wasn’t his turn to be on the field.

*Brady’s 2 minute drive started off with a long bomb complete to Galloway then one went through Moss’s hands. Welker caught one at the ground around the 3. Pass to Faulk was deflected by Mayo then the drive ended when aforementioned Merriweather pick of Brady at the post took place. (Faulk gave Mayo dapps for his head’s up play.)

*Brian Hoyer struggled big time today, but he’s an extra arm in camp.

* N00bs and Rookies continued on 7 on 7’s with Hoyer in one field while the rest of the team ran sprints in the other.

*The Krafts took in the practice, he from the sidelines and she from a comfortable spot on a blanket in front of the VIP bleachers.

* Defensive line signed and we got a chance to say hello to TBC after practice  and welcomed him back to the Pats.

I’m working in the morning so I’ll be back tomorrow for the second session only.

MrsB August 3rd AM

I’m back at camp after taking the weekend off for a family wedding and I’ve got lots to do between sessions so here’s the quick hits for today.  Big Al and I headed out this morning on our day off and met up with Mike to take in the hot and sunny morning  session.

* Following the typical routine of emphasis on the run game in the morning, Moss sat this one out while they worked a lot in the red zone. His absence also allowed for lots of Brady/Galloway work. On one particular play during full squad work,  12 scrambled to find an open receiver and connected with 13 in the EZ. Clearly, they were both pleased with the result and high fived after the play.

*Greg Lewis leapt up and  pulled in a good one, drawing lots of cheers from the crowd. Terrence Nunn saw lots of action this morning and is looking good as well.

* Running backs had some big plays this morning and Sammy Morris found a big hole taking to the house untouched. He and Maroney jumped up with a chest bump in celebration.

* Brady and Koppen took a lap for fumbling a snap and Light took one for a false start.

* BB did some one-on-one coaching with #46 Paris Lenon on the sidelines.

* Big difference in the Brady Birthday crowd these days… although fans sang Happy Birthday to him it was nothing like the crazed tweens of yesteryear shrieking and practically passing out at mere sight of their heartthrob.

*With Whilite out, Butler, Bodden, Meriweather, and Sanders saw most of the action.

Big Al Tidbit:  Noted that Butler has a habit of taking off his helmet and scratching his head… Hoping it’s just a tic or an itch and not a sign of confusion…hehe!

Pats have announced more camp times and they’re continuing on the same double session schedule:

August 4: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
August 5: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
August 6: 9:30am – 11:15am  (Evening session:
Season Ticket holders and Foxboro residents in-stadium practice)
August 7: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

Will finally get some pictures posted as my photographer husband took some this morning.