Easley, who’s coming off a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida, took part in all the drills with his defensive line teammates during the 40 minutes the media was allowed to watch the practice.
Easley had not been on the field for the previous two mini-camp practices or three OTA sessions that were open to the media.
Beyond Easley’s practice debut in front of the media, here are one man’s blogservations of limited practice action in a non-contact, indoor workout environment of players not wearing jersey numbers:
--Those players not seen on the field for the morning session included
--One day after missing basically the entirety of Wednesday’s mini-camp practice,
--A group of players took part in stretching but then retreated to work with the rehab staff, including
--For whatever it’s worth, noted fisherman and cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer wore sunglasses even in the indoor setting. He has the classic TV fishing show host look to him when he wears the glasses.
--First-year assistant coach Brendan Daly, who works with the defensive line, uses a football on a stick to simulate snaps for his positional group during drills. Watching Daly up close for the first time, he’s a young, active coach with a pretty firm delivery with his players. Impressive to watch him deal with minute technique details in drills. He clearly wasn’t hesitant to correct guys like
--Seeing a practice inside the Dana-Farber Field House for the first time in a long time, there is what can best be described as a large sandbox behind the end zone on the Gillette Stadium end of the field. Can only speculate that this is used for various running and drills, potentially bringing the benefits that come with running on the beach. It would also certainly be any kids dream as it could hold an almost endless number of Tonka trucks.
--Speaking of trucks, the Captain America monster truck was parked at the base of the stairs that take the players from the practice fields into Gillette Stadium. The truck is one of 16-plus that will take part in the first-ever Monster Jam event at Gillette Stadium this Saturday. Tickets are still available. This reporter, for one, will be in attendance for this unique outdoor motorsports experience.
--The viewing period for Patriots practice was much shorter for the media on the final day of camp. The team was scheduled to take part in some conditioning running after the media departed the Dana-Farber Field House.
--Thursday marked the final workout for New England until the team returns for training camp in late July.