Under sunny skies and warm but breezy temps the offense struggled with a ton of dropped passes and other balls that simply fell incomplete as the passing game struggled to get any consistency going almost regardless of the personal doing the work.
A number of players also came up lame with a variety of injuries during the morning session.
Seemingly the biggest health issue/scare of the day came with second-year cornerback
For the record Tuesday’s workout once again took place with players wearing helmets, shorts/sweats and blank white (offense), red (quarterbacks) and blue (defense) jerseys with no numbers on them.
As always, here are one man’s observations of a practice with players not discernible by numbers and much of the action taking place a field or more away:
--Five players not seen on the practice fields who are currently on the Patriots 90-man roster for Tuesday’s OTA workout included
--The good news on Hernandez is that after spending time working in the Dana-Farber Field House with other rehab guys, he ran out onto the practice field and took part catching passes with other tight ends working with the quarterbacks. He also spent a lot of time running routes after practice working up quite a sweat with
--Speaking of Hernandez, there was another Hernandez on the practice field. Aaron’s brother, D.J., was working as some sort of coaching assistant wearing Patriots gear. The Aaron look-alike has worked previously as a high school coach in Connecticut and an assistant at Brown and Miami. He’s now on Kirk Ferentz’ staff at Iowa. He’s seemingly working as an intern or observational role for now in New England.
--There was one interesting drill during the session in which the receivers/running backs had their back to the quarterbacks before turning to catch a pass and then running up field for a sort of open-field tackling segment against the linebackers and defensive backs.
--Not sure who he was jawing with jokingly as he came off the field to do an interview with the media, but
--Early in practice Brady worked in one area with Ballard and Sudfeld, while
--Sudfeld continued to stand out in the shorts-in-June football. The undrafted rookie got a lot of looks from the quarterbacks and really has been one of the few guys to stand out in terms of catching the ball consistently. On a day when other guys were having trouble catching with two hands, Sudfeld had one nice one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone in one positional drill.
--During team action and seven-on-seven action, when admittedly a lot of balls were hitting the ground,
--Even with the defense getting the better of the offense on many snaps in recent weeks, Bill Belichick took the time to chew out one linebacker during some seven-on-seven work for missing an apparently obvious coverage key. Belichick always knows exactly what’s going on on the field on every snap.
--Kenny Chesney was the musical selection of the day for the noise during the first segment of team work on the far field.
--The offense looked its worst in some two-minute and hurry-up work when the unit could barely work its way down the field due to incomplete passes.
--Always focusing on the little things, special teams coach Scott O’Brien worked on low snaps at one point with rookie free agent
--Brady continues to spend extra time talking and working with Jenkins and
--During punt return work
--Joe Andruzzi continues to work with the strength staff. After help with team stretching early in practice the former guard then spends much of the workout working with injured linemen Connolly and Vollmer. Seems like he’s a bit type-cast me.
--There continued to be a lot of reps with deep fade throws to a spot on the field throughout the passing practice, although few if any were actually completed.
--Late in practice undrafted kicker
--Practice ended with more experienced players doing some conditioning running while the younger guys got some extra “opportunity” reps.
--New England’s coordinators and position coaches met with the media after the practice, an especially rare occurrence for the position coaches. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia had the line of the day when he asked how he felt when his entire five-man line did its job perfectly as a group on a given play. “Better than sex,” the veteran coach joked.
--Players chatting with the media included Blount, Shane Vereen,
--The media’s next chance to watch Patriots practice will come next week, for mandatory veteran mini-camp on June 11-13.