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Single practice today

Today’s practice has been changed to a single one at 3:00.  Here’s the updated schedule to date.

Wednesday, August 4

  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

Thursday, August 5

  • 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

Friday, August 6

  • 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

MrsB 8/3PM

It’s late but I just got in from the afternoon practice, grabbing a bite at Five Guys with my son, and playing with my furry girls for a bit in the yard.  Camp this afternoon started off cloudy and windy and I wasn’t sure if it was going to rain but alas, it turned out to  actually be a beautiful summer afternoon.

I only have a few minutes  and not much to say so here’s what I remember.

* The dancing machine, Patrick Chung,  was not dressed (but worked with trainers) so Devin McCourty saw a lot of action in his spot this afternoon.

* Most of the Brady Birthday Brigade must have been in the stands during the AM session as it was relatively quiet this afternoon.

*During 1:1 drills, Darius Butler successfully defended against Moss and threw him off course during his route (rare but true.)  Edelman made a terrific catch beating out Meriweather.

* There was a lot of time spent on situational and red zone work  with the focus on 7:7 and 11:11 group periods.

*Hernandez pours it on 100% on every play… He continually is getting vertical to haul in his passes.  He almost pulled in an overthrown pass, jumping in the air, getting his fingertips on it, before crashing to the ground. He did connect on many including scoring a TD during red zone work, resulting in Brady congratulating him after the play.

*Kyle Arrington got an INT after coming up with a deflected ball thrown by Hoyer to Price.

*Brandon Spikes deflected a Zac Robinson pass. Mccourty and Meriweather had some deflections as well.

*Gostkowki hit a half dozen or so  field goals, delighting the fans on the hill,  as usual.

*Practice ended with the vets running yardage line sprints while the backups did more full squad work.

I’m not sure who signed as I headed out to beat the crowd… Also, I don’t know what’s up for me tomorrow so I’ll play it by ear.

Here’s a link to some pictures that Big Al took over the past few days. (I don’t do photos as I stay at the top of the hill.)

8/3AM changed to walkthru

Thanks to an early @realpatiots tweet, I’m saving my gas and time and skipping this morning’s session which has been changed to a 10:00-11:20 AM walkthru.  I’ll be out there for the regular 3:45 pm session. Hope you find out in enough time if it makes the difference in your plans today.

MrsB 8/2 AM

Bad, bad, MrsB!  Left for camp excited to be meeting up with good buddies Randy “Zip” Pierce,  soon-to-be-bride Tracy,  and of course The Mighty Quinn,  and failed to put in contacts or bring paper and pencil.  Turns out it was a no-hitting practice anyway, so I ended up shooting the breeze and catching up..  Time well spent, IMO. :-)

Anyway, here’s what I got:

* It was rookie slip-n-slide day as I assumed and tweeted early on when I saw them hosing down the back corner of the field.  Rookies dive after loose footballs in the mud and are hosed down while doing so. It’s hard to see specifics with all of the players gathered around but someone at the end shot the hose into the air and it seemed that all got a little cooling off.

*Newbie Pats on the field today were WR Rod Owens wearing #15 and TE Carson Butler #86.

*Hernandez is standing out and made some nice diving catches today, one in which he was slow getting up, and then  just missing an outstanding one in which he leapt into the air with Arrington in tight but dropped the ball  when he crashed to the ground.

*Neal and Thomas Williams were back on the field today.

*First unit defense during 7:7 Spikes, Mayo, TBC, McCourty, Bodden, Meriweather & Chung.

*Torry Holt saw a lot of action today. Caught one sliding to the ground and split Butler and Chung on coverage on another.

*Wheatley picked off Robinson. Later he threw a bomb to Rod Owens but it was broken up by Ventrone and Wheatley.

There were no 11:11 drills today nor FG scrambles on the hill.

*Running backs signed as did His Hoodie-ness Bill Belichick, and Julian Edelman who spent the most time appeasing the crowd.

Random Stuff:

* ST coach OBrien was instructing one of BB’s sons on how to long snap and was demonstrating for him.

* Mr. Kraft took in practice from the sidelines.  Brady went over to him after practice, they spoke for a bit and shook hands before 12 headed in.

* When the field was almost clear, Robinson came running out to retrieve Brady’s helmet and pads which were left on the grass.

Tonight is the season ticket holder practice inside Gillette Stadium. I was planning on attending but opted out because I have way too much to do at the homestead… (Real Life doesn’t stop just because TC is in session.. LOL!)

MrsB 8/1PM

Home from another chilly afternoon practice. (I’ve only worn a sweater twice all summer and it was for the last two afternoon practices.)  The place was packed as expected for a weekend session.

Here’s the scoop from this afternoon’s session:

*Chung was groovin to the beat prior to practice and Brady just  happened to be coming on to the field as “I’m Too Sexy” was playing. Later, Chung was bustin out some Irish Step moves.. LOL

* Rob Ninkovich practiced some long snapping.

*During drills BB’s son was throwing the passes to the DBs.

*Early on, Offense and Defense players were partnered up and were traveling along the yardage markers trying to bat the ball out of their partner’s hand. Crumpler and Mayo each knocked it out of each other’s hands during their trip.

*The Smurf Brigade Revisited  (Welker, Edelman, Jenkins) and Price, Tate, Moss really got the crowd into it while running patterns, with most of the passes resulting in completions. Edit: Forgot to mention Welker’s turn at playing to the crowd tonight, raising his arms up for applause during aforementioned drill.  Naturally, the crowd complied. My 54 was famous for that one.

* During the 1:1 period, there were some WR going long on one end of the field and some shorter yardage stuff on the other end.. at times it seemed that the two groups could collide.  Gronkowski and Jenkins both made notable catches.

* In the opposite field, QBs were throwing passes at a trash can about 40 yards away. I saw Brady and Hoyer each hit the can (not in the can) but not Robinson.

* Gerard Warren (68) took a lap.

* Guyton slipped in coverage, came up limping, was able to walk but went to sideline with trainers and then left the field with them.

* Edelman, Tate and Farnham returned kicks.

*During full squad work, Brady hit Moss but then 81 gave Jenkins a thumbs up and high five on the sideline, presumably for his route running,  drawing the defenders to his side.

*Brady missed Crumpler down the middle as Crumpler and Meriweather collided. Brandon did a few push-ups before getting up. The crowd got a bang out of that.

*Aaron Hernandez just keeps on making plays.. fast, intense and all around good stuff.. He’s a Keeper!

Post Practice Tid Bits:

*Linebackers signed today as did Welker who got a HUGE cheer.

* Scar went over to sign as well.

* BB ran his sprints again.

* Torry Holt’s son (looked about 8 yrs old or so) was going out for Dad’s passes and has some good hands!  They were playing with a nerf football after practice and Torry would tell him the route to run and he did, cutting and turning just in time to haul it in.. Rookie class of 2024 perhaps??

From the “you haven’t lived until you.. ” file:  Big Al and I got a bang out of a young boy in the parking lot, presumably emerging from his inaugural visit to a Handy House.. The look on his face as he exclaimed “Dad, it REALLY stinks in there!” was priceless…   LOL

Edit: I keep forgetting to mention the latest ditties from the “Chillin like Corey Dillon” hawker… He’s come over to say hi to me a couple of times since he’s seen me at camp for years but here are a couple of  his new ones:

“Frozen Lemonade Here:  No baloney.. have you runnin like Laurence Maroney!”

“Giant Freeze Pops Here: Red or Blue, Just for you! Good in any weather just like Brandon Meriweather.”

LOL!!


MrsB 8/1AM

Another gorgeous morning at camp.  As you know, Welker was removed from PUP and participated in practice this AM, much to the delight of the crowd. I’ve got lots to do in my garden between sessions so here’s the Cliff Notes version of tidbits.

*From the creatures of habit file: Zoltan continues to be the first on the scene in the morning. Chung leads the sprints, and during WR drills, Randy goes first, followed by Welker, the rest of the pack and Holt goes last.

*Edelman recovered from yesterday’s dropsies and had some great hands today.

*When Welker or Moss touch the ball, the crowd erupts.

* Edelman, Faulk and Tate were fielding punts. According to Big Al, hang time was usually 4-5-4.6 seconds.

* Brady and Welker spent some time working together in the other field and Welker was cutting and moving fast. He missed one and being the perfectionist that he is, was pissed at himself, let out a yell and booted the ball in disgust. Brady complimented him for a job well done (minus one miss) when they were through.

*Rob Gronkowski (87) took two laps this morning, one with Matt Light.

*Hernandez is looking sharp and saw a lot of action today.

* During full squad work, some highlights were a Fred Taylor TD in lots of traffic, a Randy Moss Leaning Tower of Pisa catch on the sidelines where he reached well out of bounds to make the grab but kept his feet in, and a nice defensive play by Mayo preventing a Brady to Crumpler TD.

* I tweeted  earlier (http://twitter.com/mrsb) about Randy’s playing up to the crowd when he tossed a ball to a youngster in the stands so that he could pass it to him (after a security guard came up short on his toss).  The crowd went wild and the kid now has his claim to fame story to tell his grandchildren someday :-)

* DBs signed today but Randy made the rounds again, even staying past the horn.  Our friends’ little guy was able to get his Moss jersey autographed which was awesome. The toddler had been looking out for Randy Moss since he arrived on the hill in the morning. :-)

**BB ran sprints after practice, getting his workout in on the field once again.

Heading out for PM practice but have lots to do around here so no promises for a report.

MrsB 7/31PM

Headed back for the afternoon session and as expected it was packed. Boys were back on the field in full pads and Darnell Jenkins (10) participated. The rest of the Puppies were doing their work on the sidelines and Slater, Kaczur and Warren were MIA.

Tidbits for Tonight:

*Brady’s entrance got a huge ovation but Welker enjoyed the largest by far when he was spotted by the crowd.

*During stretches, BB’s sons were playing catch and he went over to talk to them in a father/son moment.

* Once again, Chung lead the group running way ahead of the pack during warmup sprints.

*During drills the boys in blue were practicing fumble recoveries. They began by tackling the dummy then pounced on the balls that were thrown down by the coaches.

*Early on, Terrence Johnson  (43) came up lame during coverage and left the field with trainers.

* When running patterns with 1:1 coverage it’s clear just how awesome Brady —> Moss is. Randy routinely waits until the last minute to put his hands up and comes up with the ball. On one play, it looked like Bodden would be successful in his defense until 81 cut, put his hands up and made the catch. He makes it look too easy…

* Brandon Tate made lots of great leaping catches today… Definitely one to keep your eye on!

* Edelman seemed to struggle a bit today as he had some drops during drills.

*Meriweather made a nice play as Price went deep on a perfect Brady pass, had 31 beat then he caught up and broke it up in the EZ at the last minute, getting a huge roar from the crowd.

*It was hard to see from my EZ during 11:11 because this year they seem to be running two groups at the same time more than ever.  Lots of bodies out there, moving fast!  But,  McGowan (30) picked off Robinson (7) during one series and Chung had an INT as well but I couldn’t see the QB  (7 again?) during that play. On another, play Leigh Bodden tipped the ball and Williams came up with it.

* DL Adrian Grady (65) took the first lap of the day then a rare sight, Brady and Koppen took one for a bad snap.

* There was lots of Red Zone work in the other EZ and offense came up big today (unlike the last few practices where D was dominant.) Moss, Gronkowski (87) and a third TD that I couldn’t see caused lots of vocal hooting and hollering from the White Squad.

* After practice, BB “pulled a Scar” and ran sprints in the far field, something that Dante is known for (and probably one reason why he’s still in such incredible shape!)

* Receivers signed tonight.

Another day of doubles tomorrow.. See you in the AM!

MrsB 7/31AM Walk-Through

Headed out with Big Al early this morning and arrived at camp ready for the 9:30 session. They had changed the time to 10:00 which I didn’t know until I got there but it was ok that I left early because I was able to grab my favorite spot. Part of the delay might have been the David Patten Retirement press conference but more likely because it was just a shorts and tee shirt walk through.

I feel bad for those folks whose only trip out to camp was this morning as there literally wasn’t much going on at all. (Glad I had an audio book with me and plugged in for the practice… )

A couple of tidbits:

* Zoltan was practicing punt fakes and throwing and has a pretty nice tight spiral.

* D-Line was doing some shifts where a player rolled on the ground then got up and into position.

* Special Teamers and QB’s signed today and it was nice that it worked out that way since the kids were pretty darn patient and well behaved during the long morning of nothingness…. Brady did his walk and sign but seemed to take his time and was out there for quite a while. Randy Moss  signed a lot this morning although it wasn’t his turn.

* We got passes to the brunch in the (thanks Mike!) and Ed  Ellis was the Alumnus signing autographs and speaking. It was very nice and he had nothing but praise for the organization with the ability to compare it to the many others that he had been a part of.  It’s nice to see such an active Alumni Association.. Hat tip, Pats!

I’m heading back out for the afternoon session later which should be a normal pads practice.

I also noticed more dates/times have been released since the first posting:

Tuesday, August 3

  • 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

Wednesday, August 4

  • 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

Thursday, August 5

  • 9:30am – 11:15am; 3:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Patriots Experience open from 11am – 4pm

MrsB 7/30AM

It’s a gorgeous NE summer day with sunny skies and no humidity. Fans and players probably love it but I’m sure BB would have preferred a “scorcha” to get the guys used to the oppressive heat. Camp was very crowded this morning, but it wasn’t surprising since it was a Friday and there was no rain. Lots and lots of day camp kids took in this morning’s practice. I spent some time yapping with Peg and JD of Patriotsplanet and Mike so my eyes weren’t completely glued to the field.

Here’s my tidbits for today:

* Zoltan was the first on the field again today and when Welker arrived he got the biggest ovation, by far.

* Puppies were skipping on the sidelines again to start off but Aiken was dressed and participating fully in practice today.

*Early on during drills, Brady and rookie Center Ted Larsen (62) took a lap.  I’m sure there is no question who screwed up on that exchange.

* Zoltan was booting some big punts with but pulled a couple to the left. (He’s a lefty and wears an orange cleat on his kicking foot, btw.)

* Big collision of the day occurred in the EZ between Kyle Arrington (27) and James Sanders (36) as they were both closing in to defend against Buddy Farnham (13) who was going out for a pass. It was knocked away, he didn’t catch the ball,  and the two boys in blue crashed into each other.

* LB Tyrone McKenzie (44) leveled Maroney with huge crash of pads during goal line work  and wins the stop of the day award.  Of course it’s good news for our D but not good news for our O!

*The Ghost went 6/7 on FG attempts while the folks on the hill didn’t fare so well.. lol

* As practice winded down, the offense took a team lap, first of the camp season, presumably for their inability to come out on top again over their defensive counterparts during the team portion of practice.

* The D-Line signed today.

I’m not sure if I’ll be making it to tonight’s practice. If not, catch you tomorrow. Go Pats!!

MrsB 7/29pm

Hi kids.. Just in from the afternoon session, grabbing a bite at Red Robin, and doing some shopping with the boy at Patriot Place  so this needs to be a shorty. I’ve got dogs to cuddle and a house to clean.

* The afternoon was gorgeous with sunny skies and a nice breeze. Crowds were lighter than the morning. Once again, guys were in full pads (although since last year, it seems to be the norm for most every practice.)

* It was pretty slow going at the beginning and was very quiet starting off with some field goals early on. Looked like the same group of missing/puppies as the morning (Mankins, Burgess/Welker, Brace, Jenkins, Aiken)

* The crowd woke up during route running, most especially when Tate made a terrific diving catch from Brady. There was no coverage since it was drills but it was  still a beauty and worthy of the praise.

* The highlight of practice was during the pass coverage drill when Faulk lined up with Mayo. Mayo stopped him cold and Fault wasn’t happy and wanted a Do-Over.  He got his wish saying “Let me show you something!”  Sure enough he juked his way around Mayo and got the ball untouched and wide open.

* Mr. Kraft spent some time talking to BB on the sidelines then entertained a group of suits while Mrs. Kraft set up and watched from the grass in front of the VIP bleachers.

* Vollmer took a solo lap while the same combo from the morning, Robinson (QB) and Wendell  (C) took another one together this afternoon.

*During some team work, Moss and Tate worked together as receivers on the outside.

*Guyton must have gotten a pick while they were working down in the opposite Red Zone as I couldn’t see anything except the backs of players, then came  59 emerging through the crowd.

*Fans stood up way too early for autographs and it’s catchy.. once one does, it’s like a wave that you can not only see but hear when they all rise and go to the ropes.

*Most guys did short sprints at the end of practice with the newbies getting in some extra team  work with Robinson at QB.

*When they huddled up, a chorus of Happy Birthday could be heard but I didn’t know whose it was until one of the guys gave Pepper a gatorade shower (of water) when it was through.

* OLine is back to lining up their helmets during their group cool down again… back to normal. LOL

*Running Backs signed this afternoon.

Random fashion notes: Pepper looks like he trimmed down some and Brady is sporting some long shaggy hair.

FYI:  No twitpics this afternoon as my phone battery was dying.  I’ll likely get a podcast up tonight. There was a car show going on in the Bass Pro lot right along Rt. 1 but I’m not sure how long it will last.