There was more activity off the field than on it Tuesday morning. The Patriots practice seldom went above a walk-through speed in the helmet and shorts session.
The focus of the early practice was goal line situations. It marked the first look at this area of the game.
"Basically we were doing a lot of walk-throughs and setting up 'what if' situations," guard Adam Davis said. "This was the first day we've seen the defense for the goal line scenarios, and we were looking how some passes and runs. We really just wanted to get out minds right so we know what to expect in goal line situations."
Along with Davis on the offensive line were Greg Robinson-Randall at right tackle, Damien Woody at center, Adrian Klemm at left guard and Kenyatta Jones at left tackle. The line has been hit hard with injuries for the second straight camp. However, the news on guard Mike Compton was encouraging. Head Coach Bill Belichick said Compton, the expected starter at left guard, should only miss a couple weeks.
The other expected starter at guard is Joe Andruzzi, who has missed the last several practices with a stiff back. He ran laps around the two practice fields at a good pace in the morning, and he does not consider the injury to be serious.
During the special teams work, the kickers worked on on-side kicks. Rookie free agent Dan Hadenfeldt had several high bounces on his kicks.
Bledsoe misses workout
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe rolled his ankle and was not on the field in the morning. Belichick said he is expected to take part in the afternoon… Rookie tight end Jabari Holloway took part in practice for the first time. He has been recovering from a hamstring pull.