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Mrs B’s Final 2008 TC Report 08/15/08

Home from appointments and final camp practice behind Gillette Stadium. Attendance was the lightest thus far, probably because they added the session just this week and because of the noon start time. Guys were in full pads again  although practice wasn’t really at full speed.

  • John Lynch was on the field in his 47 jersey. He worked with the DBs. Vince Redd is now wearing 49.
  • Brady was not on the field today and deferred to the back up QBs. Adalius Thomas was back after missing two in a row.
  • Rookies finally got their make-overs and were sporting some nasty haircuts including some crop circles for Ryan Wendell, a cueball for Ruud, and devil horns for Stupar. Crable was sporting a winter hat during stretches so I can just imagine what he ended up with.  Since Mayo has dreads he likely escaped the coif but probably lost his eyebrows.
  • In addition to the usual stretching playlist (Today featured some down home Johnny Cash), the sound folks also blasted the tunes while both units were on the field to simulate crowd noise.
  • During 7 on 7’s O’Connell hit Moss in the corner EZ as he jumped up over Ade Jimoh. He went on to hit CJ Jones at the post on the next play with Wheatley close behind.
  • Crable took a lap while working with the Big Units in the other field.
  • Guitierrez had some severe overthrows today… one almost hitting the VIP section. I would have sworn he was under pressure but the OL and DL were not even on the field. O’Connell had his share as well.
  • Wheatley picked off an O’Connell bullet intended for Ben Watson and took it up field.
  • Entire defense took a lap with Pepper in the lead.
  • They did a lot of red zone work with no hitting while running through plays.
  • Koppen and O’Connell took a lap together.
  • At one point Randy Moss hauled in a catch and it appeared that Fernando Bryant knocked it out of his hands to the ground.
  • Mayo was getting some 1:1 instruction with Matt Patricia while he wasn’t needed on the field. Bruschi and Vrabel used that time to do some core work on the sidelines.
  • Watson made a catch in the EZ and Bryant connected with him when he came down. Bryant’s shoulder appeared to be hanging and worked with trainers on the sidelines. He later joined the team on the field.
  • Mr. Kraft was on the sidelines and took some pictures with folks sitting in the VIP bleachers.
  • CJ looked shaky to me today, missing more than one pass.
  • Santonio Thomas batted a pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • Gostkowski once again hit all field goals at the end of practice.
  • OLine signed as well as all of the rookies, Jackson, and Vrabel.

And now, this REALLY is the final report of 2008 as there are no more public practices and I leave tomorrow for a week of reading and relaxation on the shores of Winnipesaukee. Enjoy the season, folks!

Go Pats!!

Karen

PS.. While the TC Reports are finished for the year, keep in mind that my podcast continues year round so be sure to check it out if you are interested.

MrsB’s TC Report August 13th

Home from camp (and a delicious Red Robin take-out dinner.) It was an absolutely gorgeous day today and it will likely be my last session of this season. (I REALLY have to get in my classroom and my calendar is full of appointments on Friday so time is running out.)

Today was another day of situational stuff and was slower paced than yesterday.

  • Guys were in full pads once again and the QBs were in white again today.
  • Seymour and Adalius Thomas weren’t on the field (in addition to the usual crew) so they may have been on a vet day off. Mike Wright and Antwain Spann were back. The rest of the absentees remained the same.
  • Period 3 music today included the Olympic theme, which featured Eric Alexander sprinting ahead of the pack and Ellis Hobbs skipping and back pedaling to the music.
  • Brian Lowe  (Patriots Today) had quite the fan club on the hill and signed more than one autograph for kids calling his name.
  • Bubba Ventrone had an active day earning props from Seely at the beginning of practice and hauling in a few nice passes as the day went on. His diving catch in double coverage, (Mayo, Meriweather) was the catch of the day IMO.
  • First string OLine was the same as yesterday: Britt, Mankins, Koppen, Yates, Kaczur.
  • Welker had a nice one handed grab during drills causing the crowd to erupt.
  • Handling Kick Return work were Jones (2 for 3 with one drop), Jackson, Slater, and  Hobbs.
  • In an unusual site, Mike Vrabel took a penalty lap during defensive work on the left field.
  • Later, Pollard, Moss & Britt each took one during 11 on 11 work.
  • Newbie Jeff Shoate (23) nearly picked one intended for Watson and Antwan Spann seemed to get beaned off the back of the helmet deflecting the ball while defending a pass intended for Welker.
  • Practice ended with Gost going 6 for 6 field goals on the hill then the team ran sprints.
  • During the huddle, cheers errupted and high fives were all around. Wilfork earned the team a night off with his feat of catching a football while holding two others. (This “night off” ritual was what I formally dubbed the Matt Light Memorial as in the past he would be the one to earn the team some respite by fielding a punt.)
  • Linebackers signed today.

There is another session tomorrow at 2:30 and I heard that they added one more on Friday. Please check patriots.com for details.

It’s been a great camp and in retrospect really did fly by.  I’m really excited for the upcoming season and was glad to get a look at what appears to be a promising rookie class.   I hope you enjoyed the little bit that I could add to the numerous online reports each day.

Go Pats!

Karen

Mrs B’s TC Report August 4th AM

Just in from this morning’s session with Big Al. It was a beautiful, breezy day on the hill and was one of the least crowded days thus far. The VIP section was jammed with people on a Reebok promotion but the hill and stands were practically empty.

  • Guys were once again in full pads but big name vets Brady, Bruschi, Harrison, Welker, Seymour, Moss, etc were not on the field today.
  • When I got there, they were watering down the back corner “Slip-n-Slide” area and rookies practiced recovering footballs in pool of muddy water.
  • In Brady’s absence, Cassell was with the first team today and Gutierrez and O’Connell subbed in.
  • O’Connell and Ryan Wendell fumbled a snap (recovered by BenJarvus Green-Ellis) and took a lap, however the QB did a 1/2 loop while the C took in the perimeter of both fields.
  • Belichick’s fashion statement for this year is cut-off grey sweats rolled just above the knee (with an inside out grey sweatshirt when it’s really hot!) He was sporting the one-up-one-down look for a good portion of practice (Can you tell I’m getting silly coming up on the 16th session?.. hehe!)
  • Bubba Ventrone had a very active day and came up with some good catches once again. In a related note, it’s ironic that the former Safety is now playing offense as a WR and WR Slater is now being used primarily as a DB when not doing KR duties. BB at his best..
  • Hit of the day was big man Vince Redd on Heath Evans during tackling drills.
  • DBs had the better day today during drills with Tank Williams, Jonathan Wilhite, and Fernando Bryant breaking up passes in the corner endzones.
  • There was a lot of  heavy hitting goal line work and running of specific plays today. Cassell hit Sam Aiken at the post in traffic for a TD, Maroney was stopped, Jordan was stopped on one but later got past Crable, Pollard and BJG-E scored as well.
  • Special Teamers signed today and Maroney and BB went over to the Reebok crowd and were in the center of the big group while cameras were rolling. They stayed and signed for them for quite awhile.

Tonight’s STH practice inside Gillette is at 6:30 and I’ll likely be attending alone. As usual, I’m officially “off duty” for that one since there are lots and lots of eyes reporting from camp and I just like to relax for at least one practice.

They’ve finally released the schedule for tomorrow 8/5, and it’s a single 2:30-4:30 session. With the game on Thursday, that will likely be it until the weekend as the day before is usually a closed session and guys get the day off after the game.

New pictures will be uploaded this afternoon after I do the Cinderella thing around here.