The NFL Europe preseason is well underway, and one Patriot allocation made a strong impression in live scrimmage action over the weekend.
Safety Mark Washington, playing for the Amsterdam Admirals, had a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday's practice session with the Scottish Claymores. Washington looks to get significant playing time in the Admirals secondary.
Wide receiver Scott McCready, who spent part of the 2001 season on New England's practice squad returned to action and had two catches for 16 yards for the Claymores. A neck injury caused McCready to miss some practice time, but he is back now.
Guard Mike Clare and center Pat Downey, both allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy, helped open holes against the Berlin Thunder.
All seven New England allocations survived the first round of league cuts Monday. Former Patriot offensive lineman Adam Davis was placed on injured reserve by the Admirals.
Flip the switch
Things will look bright at CMGI Field for the next few days. The stadium lights at the stadium were turned on for the first time Monday afternoon and will remain on for the next five days. This process is necessary to "burned in" in the lights in preparation for the stadium's opening in May.