The weather was cloudy but dry until the very end of the session when a few rain drops fell from the sky and the temperature was comfortably in the high 60s.
As is generally the case in these pad-less sessions, the bulk of the work focused on the passing game on both sides of the ball in what was a relatively competitive session that saw the defense get its hands on a lot of passes.
So, here are one man’s observations from afar of an OTA session with players not wearing jersey numbers. Take them as they are intended, with every note to be read with an “ish” at the end!
--Based on collective media attendance work, 84 players currently on the Patriots 90-man roster were seen on the field for the workout. The six guys not spotted included
Spikes continues to be absent from the voluntary OTA work, and reportedly will continue to work on his own until he’s expected to take part in the Patriots mandatory veteran mini-camp on June 11.
--Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi was the one putting Connolly and Vollmer through the paces of their rehab running, timing the lineman as they worked. Andruzzi has worked in an assistant strength and conditioning type role with the team at various points in recent years.
--Brian Daboll, the former Chiefs offensive coordinator who’s officially listed as an offensive assistant in New England, continues to appear to be working with the offensive line group under the watch of Dante Scarnecchia. Daboll seems to be focusing his work with the tackles, and took a group of them to do drills together early in practice.
--As was the case last week, there was some work on the running game early in the overall pass-heavy session. There was a bit of a mix-up at one point as
--Punt return was the special teams focus of the day.
--Washington has shown impressive burst early in camp, on both returns and in work as a running back. For a guy who had just 23 rushes and four receptions last season as a running back in Seattle, Washington has gotten a lot of reps on offense in OTA action. While
--Three Belichicks were on the field for the workout. Obviously Bill Belichick took his usual role overseeing the practice, spending time with both sides of the ball. Steve Belichick – an assistant coach – was in his regular role working with the defense. And youngest son Brian Belichick was in the house, spending some time serving as the scout team quarterback for the defense during some group work.
--Loud music played from the portable speakers on the field during team action on the far field. The playlist opened with some AC/DC before moving on to a few different U2 songs.
--Dobson made a nice jumping catch down the field over Dennard at one point.
--The defense showed a lot of competitive spirit and good breaks on the ball throughout the day.
--Fletcher seemed to be getting a lot of reps at middle linebacker as he returns from injury and considering that Spikes has not practiced this spring.
--One portion of practice involved a lot of timing throws and fade patterns with the quarterbacks lobbing the ball to a spot for the receivers. Washington made a nice sliding catch down the sideline in the drill, although he may have been out of bounds.
--Practice wrapped up with
--Neither Bill Belichick nor Tom Brady met with the media, but the list of players that did speak with reporters included Ballard,
--The media’s next chance to watch OTA action in Foxborough will come on June 4.