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MrsB August 11 PM

Wasn’t going to bother posting tonight since it’s so late and it’s all probably been said already but figured I should let you guys know I’m still alive..hehee. Of course,  we all had the weekend off and I’ve been at work during  some of the practices but even the ones that I’ve attended lately, I haven’t gone right home and have gotten in too late. Nothing great to report but I know that there won’t be any camp until Sunday  (away game and Country Music Festival) so here it is.

It was a hot one this afternoon and while the guys were in shorts and shells, they had a pretty spirited final practice before heading out to Philly tomorrow.

Bon Jovi was on the sidelines and spent most of the practice talking to Kraft while his music blared from the speakers during warm-ups and drills. NFL Films guys were also on the sidelines with their cameras too.

Lots of passing game stuff and of course, Brady to Moss was the order of the day. No surprise to all that they are truly in a class by themselves. (No Welker again tonight.) Jamar Love probably didn’t love being assigned to Moss all day that’s for sure!

Also tons of situational stuff and scout stuff going on throughout practice.

Wheatley had a sweet pick in the EZ over Shun White. Ventrone hauled on in from Hoyer for a TD. Greg Lewis hauled one in from Brady jumping up over defender Mike Richardson for the completion.

Rookie snapper Jake Ingram ran the show today with vet Hodel absent. Hochstein and Ninkovitch took some snaps as well.

Edelman got some private tutoring from Brady and Moss on the sidelines after a play today. Got lots of special teams reps too.

“Seabass” was the savior of the day to catch the punt at the end of practice for the annual “earn the team a reward” antics.  (Still no annual training camp creative  rookie hairdoos as of yet though.)

Although it’s only a preseason game I’m excited to see Brady and Co. back on the field this Thursday night… Go Pats!!

Camp Schedule Update

Here’s the latest camp schedule.   Note the time change for tomorrow AM.

Practice Schedule
August 7: 10:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
August 8: No Practice
August 9: 3:45pm – 5:30pm
August 10: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
August 11: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

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.

MrsB’s July 31st PM report

I’m still trying to shake the chill from getting soaked to the skin at the close of today’s practice.  A severe thunderstorm rolled through just as everyone was fleeing for their cars and was so strong that you literally couldn’t see and the wind blew over the fences surrounding the Patriots Experience parking lot!

The crowd was very light, most likely due to the impending weather and the fact that the camp busses don’t tend to do the second practice.

Workout music was playing during the stretch for this session, traditionally chosen by the offseason workout winners. As in the 3 sessions that I’ve attended, Wilfork stays to the back of the group by himself for the period.

Bruschi was off again tonight and Moss was in. For both days they’ve been on opposite schedules with Moss absent for the morning and Bru absent for the afternoons. Light  and Neal were back after being out for two in a row. Still no Seymour, O’Callaghan etc. Wilhite and Galloway were absent tonight as well. Shawn Springs made his first appearance.

The up and down Edelman had a decent catch today jumping up over a defender’s head to grab  an O’Connell pass, redeeming himself somewhat for this morning’s drops.

Chung and Meriweather worked together this afternoon.

Pats did some two minute work  (yippee!) but failed to get to the EZ (booooo!). The session ended early though due to the storm.

Mayo deflected an O’Connell pass and Meriweather picked one off as well. On the upside, he connected with Terrence Nunn with a nice pass in 7:7 work.

Can’t remember much else and my pad got so soaked I can’t read a thing…. One thing for sure is that some consistency will be welcome!

I’ve got a wedding to attend tomorrow so I’ll be back on Sunday, weather permitting!

Mrs B’s July 31st morning session

Just escaped the rain as I left camp today and we got lucky that it wasn’t a repeat performance of yesterday’s morning downpour.  It was breezy and overcast for most of the practice but thankfully the rain held off.

Light, Neal, O’Callahan and Seymour missed their second in a row so doesn’t look like Vet time off in these cases. Bruschi was back after having last night off and once again Moss missed the morning.

Guys were in full pads once again and there was a lot of special teams work. Got to see a lot of Hanson and Malone who shared the punting reps. Malone seemed to have the edge in terms of distance and hang time during this session.  As for the fielding, guys held one ball while attempting to catch the other. Julian Edelman especially had a rough time with it and dropped more than he caught.

Greg Lewis had a mixed day, dropping a big one uncovered at the post during drills but then stealing the show on a long touchdown run with Adalius Thomas putting in the extra effort staying with him into the endzone.

Jarvis Green ran a lap during drills and Steve Williams ran one later for hitting into Brady.. Guess he didn’t get the memo.

There seemed to be some miscommunication out there between 12 and the receiving corp. On one play his throw hit the back of LB Paris Lenon without a receiver in sight and another one with Galloway heading towards the post but the ball went to the sidelines.

Terrence Nunn drew some loud cheers for coming up with the ball as he jumped in the air between two defenders, was hit and held on to it. Brian Hoyer was the QB.

Slater is exclusively in blue this camp ala Ventrone other side of the ball switch-a-roo.

Overheard at camp: “Is that #7 Michael Vick out there?” UGHHHHH!

They ended camp with FG and a lady in front of me took one in the side of the face… (just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and they put an end to the fun on the hill.)

Defensive Linemen signed after practice.

Looks like the PM session is still on so need to cut this one short and head back out… Later kids!

Mrs B’s TC Report 7/30 PM

As some of you know, I’m working this summer so I won’t be attending every camp session and have decided to retire Mrs B’s Annual Training Camp reports…. However, I did attend today’s session and as I mentioned, I’ll still post if I have time and there is something to say.  I’m just in a different place in my life right now and need to feel free to just attend camp “for the fun of it” without feeling the need to rush home and report everything that’s already been said anyway.   So, here’s the first Mrs. B’s Random Training Camp Report. 😉

Jake and I headed out for the second session of Day 1 and the sun was shining.  The grass dried off from the incredible downpour that took place in the morning while I was at school.  Parking was a bit further away this year due to the hotel but it was clearly marked and there was no problem getting in or out. Hung out with Peg from Patriots Planet and my usual TC partner in crime, Mike.

*Guys were on the field in full pads but most of the practice was slower speed with little contact.

*Previously missing Moss, Green,  and Galloway were on the field tonight while Bruschi, Light, Neal and Seymour were not,  possibly getting a Vet night off.

*To me, it seemed that camp was very quiet, perhaps due to the heat, lack of heavy hitting or absence of busloads of camp kids sitting next to me on the grass. Also noticeably absent was the music blaring during the stretching portion which had been present for the past few years.

* Mr. Kraft drew some cheers when he appeared on the sidelines as some fans called out to him. Moss also got the crowd up every time he touched the ball.

*Camp followed with the same routine as usual with periods and various positional drills, etc. Something new this year was the presence of the jugs machine for KO drills. Perhaps saving Gostkowski’s leg and/or insuring that the ball went to a specific spot each time.

* As usual Welker seemed to emerge out of the pack with the ball and come out of nowhere… speedy as ever.

*David Thomas was impressive and made a few good grabs, with  a sweet one-hander standing out among them. Lucky 13, Joey Galloway,  was impressive as well. Julien Edleman also had a one handed bobble-recovery catch too.

* Leigh Bodden looked great covering Moss and robbed him of a big catch in front of the crowd, drawing quite a bit of noise.   No worries though, Moss was as impressive as usual.  Looking forward to lots of Brady to Moss TDs this season!!

* Taking laps were Tully Banta-Cain, Steve Williams (I think… I remember 76 but not positive if it was blue or white. If white, then it was Sebastian Vollmer), and Shun White.

*Guys huddled up at 5:15 with OLine signing after practice while Scar did some ab work on the field.   Randy Moss also signed quite a bit on his own and made his way around the entire area.

Jake and I hit Uno’s for a bite then headed home. Tomorrow is another set of double sessions.

Training Camp Times Announced

Patriots initial Training Camp dates/times announced.  They’re moving away from the usual morning/evening session alternating with a single afternoon session, at least for the first week. Not much time between for those people wanting to go home between sessions. Of course, they may just hope that people stick around and spend lots of money at Patriot Place.

July 30: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

July 31: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

August 1: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

August 2: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

August 3: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

August 4: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm

August 5: 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm