Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended recently for 2 games for domestic abuse against his wife, by the NFL. The punishment has been debated around the country, whether or not it was harsh enough, my opinion absolutely not.
Patriots tight end D.J. Williams spoke about the issue at hand.
“I just, my belief is, when it comes to the situation like that, being physical with a female or a woman is just not an option,” Williams said. “I understand people are raised different and everyone has their own opinion, but that’s something I am outspoken about and that’s just something I believe in.”
Williams, who grew up in an abusive household as a child, believes NFL players have the responsibility as role models.
“I think as men we all have an idea of what’s right and what’s wrong,” Williams said. “We should all hold ourself to a higher expectation. We understand that we live in a fishbowl. Everyone’s looking. Everyone’s judging. So it’s our responsibility to use that platform to set an example.”
The Patriots practiced for the 7th time of training camp, but toned it down considerably.
Cameron Gordon, Bryan Stork, Aaron Dobson, Chris Martin, Tyler Gaffney, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jemea Thomas, Dominique Easley, Jeremy Gallon, and Deonate Skinner all absent from practice.
Matthew Slater returned to practice for the first time and Josh Boyce and Chris White returned too.
Darrelle Revis was the star of practice again. He’s been having a great camp and today was another version of what he brings to New England.
During 11-on-11 drills, the offense was on the 1 yard line and Brady tried to throw the ball to Kenbrell Thompkins, but Revis cut in front around the 5 yard line and walked into the end zone. The crowd and defense went nuts.
Revis also hit rookie RB James White hard and dropped him after he broke free.
Tom Brady spoke after practice on having Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
“As a quarterback you always try to find a weak link in the defense and neither of those guys are weak links.”
Tom Brady did have a good day along with Ryan Mallett, while Jimmy Garoppolo continued to struggle.
Brady went 7 – 13 in 11-on-11 drills with a pick 6 and 4-4 in 7-on-7 drills.
Ryan Mallett went 5-9 in 11-on-11s and 3-4 in 7-on-7s.
Jimmy Garoppolo went 0-4 in 7-on-7s, Justin Jones did drop a perfect pass to his hands, and Garoppolo threw a pick 6 to Malcolm Butler in 11-on-11s.
Thompkins continued to drop a few passes today along with Wilson Van Hooser, Stevan Ridley, Justin Jones, and Brandon LaFell.
Thompkins has been doing good in camp, though, drops still plague him as well as Brandon LaFell. They better work on their hands before the regular season so they don’t earn the nicknames “Dropkins, and LaDrops”.
The Patriots also prepared their defense for RG3 by running some read-option looks.
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal broke down the results of the 1-on-1s.
“Thompkins beat Revis
Amendola beat Wilson
LaFell beat Green
Johnson beat Gary
Amendola beat Hawkins
Thompkins beat Dennard
Van Hooser beat Arrington
LaFell beat Revis
Tyms beat Green”
Brady, Gronk, and Revis worked off the side again today.
Gronk still went through the same routine today.
James Anderson has been performing great as a cover LB for New England through camp.
Stevan Ridley was stopped at the goal line by Devin McCourty today that got the defense all fired up.
The Pats will back tomorrow for practice but will have Saturday and Sunday off.
Aaron Dobson underwent surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, now Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe is reporting Dobson had a screw permanently inserted into his left foot.
The 2-3 month timetable for recovery seems unrealistic right now since Dobson just began running in July. Since, the injury has high risk for re-injury I believe the Pats will take it very slow with Dobson.
Check out photos from Patriots Camp today!
The Patriots held their 4th practice in pads and 6th practice of training camp today.
WR Aaron Dobson (foot), WR Matthew Slater, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Deontae Skinner, T Chris Martin, DB Jemea Thomas, RB Tyler Gaffney, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, LB Chris White, C Bryan Stork, and WR Josh Boyce did not practice.
Alfonzo Dennard and Rob Gronkowski were limited again, the Pats are slowly getting them back into football play.
Jamie Collins had a couple of passes defended during one-on-one drills and 7-on-7s and has been easily the best cover linebacker this camp.
A great moment happen during one-on-ones when Edelman was going against Revis and Brady didn’t even bother with a throw. Revis has been outstanding.
Later on, Brady threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone for a touchdown to Brandon LaFell against Darrelle Revis.
Revis Island and Tom Terrfic have been the funniest to watch face off.
Brandon Browner stole the show at camp today. He and Thompkins exchanged throwing each other to the ground during drills and got into a bit of a scuffle. Browner was fired up big time and playing rough throughout the day. Browner dominated WR Kenbrell Thompkins all day and intercepted a pass by Brady that was intended for Thompkins.
Thompkins had his worst practice of camp. He had about 4 drops and cut off a route that caused Brady to throw an interception to Justin Green.
WR Brian Tyms is continuing to make nice catches throughout camp and has nice chemistry with Ryan Mallett.
Jimmy Garoppolo had a light practice today.
Brady completed 2 of 4 passes during 7-on-7 drills and 10 of 18 passes during 11-on-11 drills. Brady threw 4 straight passes to Danny Amendola at one point. 3 were caught and one was a batted down screen.
Ryan Mallett was 1 of 3 in 7-on-7 drills and 7 of 17 during the 11-on-11 drills.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw only two passes during the team’s drills and only completed one pass during the team’s 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
Every practice Will Smith is continuing to get better.
Jake Bequette had a sack on Ryan Mallett in practice. He’s putting together a nice camp.
The Patriots practice tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. and it will be open to the public.
The Patriots took the field for their 5th practice of training camp and their 3rd day in pads.
After having a day off, Julian Edelman dominated Tuesday’s practice.
Every corner, he faced had a hard time stopping him, including Darrelle Revis.
Edelman’s best catch came against Kyle Arrington in one-on-one drills when he made a diving one-handed grab for the touchdown. He caught the football between his elbow and body.
Edelman has been a machine through this camp and I expect nothing less than huge numbers from him this fall.
Brandon LaFell is turning heads in a good way. LaFell has been struggling with drops, but today he looked great. He made some spectacular catches. Brady threw up a deep pass to LaFell, who used his speed to cut in between two defenders and go up and catch the pass.
Brian Tymes is showing great chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett since he’s been signed. That will be a combination to watch during pre-season.
Darrelle Revis is continuing his impressive camp along with Logan Ryan, who picked off Tom Brady today.
Alfonzo Dennard practiced for the first time today. He was involved in walk-throughs but was limited for the remainder of the day.
Gronk was on the same schedule today, but did work with Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis off to the side for a few plays.
Jake Bequette made Nate Solder look bad on a one-on-one drill today when Bequette made an impressive cut inside to beat the left tackle.
WR Aaron Dobson (foot), WR Matthew Slater, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Deontae Skinner, T Chris Martin, DB Jemea Thomas, G Dan Connolly, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and RB Tyler Gaffney did not practice.
You can see the video from today’s camp here: http://www.patriots.com/media-center/videos/Julian-Edelman-shines-camp-heats-up/5d88777b-cd90-452e-a54b-269efe6e6734