We’re starting to really pull together our team football – offense, defense, special teams, all the things that we’ve kind of worked on up to this point – it’s going to hopefully come together here, even tighter in anticipation of the week against Philadelphia and the game on Friday, which we’ll incorporate obviously some, but not all of the situations we’re working on.”
On Monday that work included a number of areas. The team practiced onside kicks, free kicks, punting from deep in its own end zone, specific late-game scenarios such as Hail Marys, rushing the field goal unit onto the field, hurrying to get a final play off near the goal line and even multiple lateral plays in desperate situations. Overall the pace was a bit slower than what has been the case but
After practice several players discussed the excitement that comes with going against a different team, which will be the case for the Patriots starting Tuesday in Philadelphia.
“It will be nice to see a different jersey,”
One part of that process that might not be so desirable for
“We get out and work against a good football team, a young team, a head coach coming in with a little bit of swagger that he brings from college,” Wilfork said. “I’m sure [the offense] will be impressive, and we’ll be doing plenty of running.”
On the defensiveAs the topic eventually switched from the upcoming days in Philly to the task at hand, Wilfork expressed plenty of enthusiasm for what’s been taking place on the Patriots own practice fields. With a healthy mix of veterans and youngsters with varying levels of experience, the New England defense is starting to come together and the captain likes what he’s seen.
“I feel very confident with where we’re at as a defense at this point in camp,” Wilfork said. “I’m not saying we have all the answers. I’m not saying we are where we need to be. But at this point in camp, to be where we’re at defensively, I’m very, very happy with that.
“The only thing it does is speed up the process now. There are things we can do now that we don’t have to wait two weeks to do, or wait another week to do, because we have guys that have been around and been in the league that understand this defense or understand football in general. So you can do things a little bit more. We have some positions out there that are like that. I’m just very happy with where we’re at as a defense ... but we’re far from where we need to be.”
With Cannon out and Zusevics limited, Monday’s right guard was
AdditionsAfter releasing offensive lineman Elvis Fisher and wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei on Sunday, the team brought back a pair of recently released players. Rookies
According to reports, Fisher and Tuinei cleared waivers and were placed on injured reserve.
Stock WatchBuy – Will Svitek – The veteran offensive lineman already appeared to be in good shape in terms of earning a roster spot as a swing tackle but on Monday he added right guard duties to his resume. Svitek filled in at guard after a rash of injuries at the position left the spot thin. With the versatility to play inside and out, Svitek appears to be a frontrunner for one of the reserve offensive line spots.
Sell – Michael Jenkins – The veteran wideout has been the least impressive of the pass catchers thus far and now is nursing an apparent hamstring injury that caused him to miss the last two days of practice. Jenkins has the experience but has yet to showcase the quickness or hands necessary to emerge as one of Tom Brady’s targets.
Play of the Day – During one of the countless situations created in practice, Bill Belichick called for a bad snap on a field goal and holder
“This is the first time I’ve ever been through that, and it’s an amazing collection of all the icons from professional football -- players, coaches; not just the people there in the gold jackets but also many of the other people that come for the event,” Belichick said. “So it was a great experience. Awesome. Impressive. It was great to see a lot of people that I haven’t seen for a while, going back to Bill’s Giants days but also many other people came to be there for Coach Parcells, players that I have coached along the way too. It was a great night for Bill.”