Bill Belichick was asked about each player prior to the start of practice and said they were “making progress.” Moments later the pair was seen on the practice field in uniform.
Continuing with the positive injury theme,
Dennard also had been relegated to the positional drills while he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. He, too, took part in the 7-on-7 work for the first time, indicating the pair is closer to returning to full contact work.
On the negative side, cornerback
Butler sees redBrowner’s absence opened the door for rookie
None was more glaring than during an 11-on-11 period midway through practice when
Belichick spoke about Butler before practice and seems to be impressed with the West Alabama product.
“I think he’s done a good job every day, coming out there being ready to compete,” Belichick said. “He’s a got a long way to go. He’s got a lot to learn. There are a lot of things different here than where he played and who he played against. He’s learning every day, he works hard, and he’s gotten better on a daily basis.
“We’ll see how it goes this week against Philadelphia. It’ll be another big week for all of our young players, and then Carolina, and then at some point we’ll have to start making some type of evaluation of whether some of these younger players, whether their performances are escalating, leveling off or declining. As all the multiples and the practices and the games and all start to pile up, that will take a toll on some and some it won’t and we’ll just have to let that play itself out. There’s really no way to predict how that’s going to go until we see it. So, we’ll see.”
Island instinctsIt’s no secret that Brady has loads of respect for former Baltimore defensive stalwarts Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Both Brady and Belichick have frequently loaded the former All-Pros, and the quarterback used the pair of Ravens as a comparison to one of his current teammates – Darrelle Revis.
Speaking on SportsRadio WEEI in Boston Monday morning, Brady explained the similarities between Revis and his former rivals.
“I played against Ed Reed for a long time and just a little bit of an example, Ed Reed he'd play the deep middle of the field but sometimes he’d make tackles 3 yards from the line of scrimmage when his responsibility was 40 yards down the field. You’d say, ‘God, how did he know that the team was running a shallow cross?’ He just knew. He saw something and that freedom of his deep-field responsibility allowed him to play with confidence that the ball was going to be [in] a certain spot.
“That’s a lot how ‘Reeve’ is. You don’t know what he sees, or what he knows, but he always is in the right place and has incredible instincts for a corner when sometimes he runs the routes [before] the receivers. He has great intuition and he obviously sees everything on the field. He sees the quarterback, he sees the split of the receiver, he sees the eyes of the receiver, he sees the technique of the receiver coming off the line of scrimmage, and it’s probably hard for him to explain at times what he sees. He just sees everything and he makes great breaks on the ball. That’s what makes a great defensive player -- the anticipation.
“Ray Lewis was another one, where when you would play-action, he wouldn’t even step toward the line of scrimmage. He would just drop back into a zone, and when you’d run the ball, he’d be downhill faster than anybody. He just recognized plays and combinations; it’s a great skill and the instincts for a particular player.
“Reeve has definitely got all those traits, and I knew that when I played against him with the Jets. He was so good for them. He eliminates a big part of the field for a particular offense, so you always have to know what you’re doing when you throw the ball in his area, because you know he’s going to be right there closing on the ball.”
Moore to learnRookie sixth-round pick
During the Redskins game he showed both promise and the lack of experience that comes with his limited background. Moore showcased a quality bull rush early but also was caught out of position trying to defend the run on other occasions.
Considering the jump Moore is trying to make, some inconsistencies are to be expected.
“He would have one of the biggest, no question, one of the biggest,” Belichick said of Moore’s ascension from Division II. “He’s been out here every day, works hard. We’ve got a long way to go, but [he’s] getting better. He works on a lot of little things, he’s in good condition, he’s taken a lot of reps and he’ll need to take a lot more, but he’s making progress. Works hard. No issues, just a long way to go.”
Play of the Day – There’s little chance even the worst official would have allowed it but