The workout took place on the training camp practice fields behind Gillette Stadium with players wearing helmets and plain blue (defense), white (offense) or red (quarterbacks) jerseys, as well as shorts or sweats. The lack of numbers on the shirts made observations of practice and specific player’s work rather difficult, especially with the bulk of the action taking place on the field farthest from the media.
But based on the tiny numbers on the back of players’ helmets or on their shorts, here are a few notes and observations from one man that should be taken with a similar margin of error as pre-elections polls:
--The voluntary session included 86 of the 90 players currently on the New England roster. The only four players not seen on the field by the consensus of media in attendance were
A larger group of players were in, as Bill Belichick would say, “various degrees of participation” at the workout.
Others apparently seen doing rehab-type work included
--ESPNBoston reported over the weekend that Spikes has not been working out in New England this offseason, and that continued on Tuesday. The reason for Bolden’s absence was unknown.
--Jenkins and big-money free agent addition
--Amendola looked very quick and shifty in his route running, and caught the ball well in his first step toward replacing slot pass-catching machine Wes Welker in New England.
--Josh McDaniels was quite active in the practice, even working as a right defensive end pass rusher to give
--Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio was on the field taking a very hands-on, coaching-like role in the workout.
--Brian Daboll – an offensive assistant whose role with the team is rather undefined despite his credentials as a former offensive coordinator with three different teams – seemed to be working with the offensive line, and maybe the tackles in particular.
--Unlike the last two years, Chris Simms, a coaching and scouting assistant with the team the last two seasons, was not seen on the field during the offseason workout.
--Former Patriots linebacker Don Davis was on the field observing and chatting with strength coach Harold Nash, according to reports.
--There was a lot of work with the running backs early in practice, both in handoffs and the screen game.
--Heading into his third season,
--Practice concluded with a pretty good stint of conditioning running and form running for the Patriots under pretty sunny, warm conditions in Foxborough.
--The media’s next access to OTA action will come a week from today, on May 28.