Patriots Training Camp Day 5: Minitron dominates

Julian Edelman makes a catch in training camp today. (Photo By David Silverman)

Julian Edelman makes a catch in training camp today.
(Photo By David Silverman)

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

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Patriots claim running back Tyler Gaffney

Tyler Gaffney during his Stanford days. (GRANT SHORIN/Stanfordphoto.com)

Tyler Gaffney during his Stanford days.
(GRANT SHORIN/Stanfordphoto.com)

Checkmate Ron Rivera.

The Patriots claimed  rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers today, after the Panthers were hoping he’d go unnoticed to land on the team’s IR list. The attempt failed…. Nice win, New England.

The Panthers drafted Tyler Gaffney, the workhorse RB out of Standford, in the 6th round of the 2014 draft.

Gaffney suffered a knee injury and he will require surgery and miss the 2014 season, the team announced Saturday,.

Gaffney was expected to compete with Kenjon Barner for snaps this season.

Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season at Stanford.

It’s a big pickup by New England even though Gaffney can’t play this year. They landed a talented running back to add insurance for next season in case something doesn’t work out with one of the other running backs, namely Stevan Ridley. It also hurts the Panthers too. Win/Win.

Basically, the Panthers drafted a 6th round pick for New England.

Thanks, I believe Belichick will take that.

Photos From Patriots Camp Day 4

Backup QB Ryan Mallett instructs the offense (Photo By David Silverman)

Backup QB Ryan Mallett instructs the offense
(Photo By David Silverman)

CB Brandon Browner (Photo By David Silverman)

CB Brandon Browner
(Photo By David Silverman)

CB Malcom Butler returns an interception today (Photo By David Silverman)

CB Malcom Butler returns an interception today
(Photo By David Silverman)

Ryan Mallett and Tom Brady having a funny conversation  (Photo By David Silverman)

Ryan Mallett and Tom Brady having a funny conversation
(Photo By David Silverman)

Brian Tyms makes a leaping catch during training camp (Photo By David Silverman)

Brian Tyms makes a leaping catch during training camp
(Photo By David Silverman)

Devin McCourty, Tavon Wilson, and Jerod Mayo (Photo By David Silverman)

Devin McCourty, Tavon Wilson, and Jerod Mayo
(Photo By David Silverman)

Jake Bequette working with Bill Belichick (Photo By David Silverman)

Jake Bequette working with Bill Belichick
(Photo By David Silverman)

Dont'a Hightower Vs. D.J. Williams (Photo By David Silverman)

Dont’a Hightower Vs. D.J. Williams
(Photo By David Silverman)

Gronk VS D.J. WIlliams (Photo By David Silverman)

Gronk VS D.J. WIlliams
(Photo By David Silverman)

Newly signed FB/WR/HB Cole Stanford runs through a drill.  (Photo By David Silverman)

Newly signed FB/WR/HB Cole Stanford runs through a drill.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Devin McCourty and Brandon Browner  (Photo By David Silverman)

Devin McCourty and Brandon Browner
(Photo By David Silverman)

Justin Jones gets away from Brandon Browner  (Photo By David Silverman)

Justin Jones gets away from Brandon Browner
(Photo By David Silverman)

Jimmy Garoppolo and Josh McDaniels (Photo By David Silverman)

Jimmy Garoppolo and Josh McDaniels
(Photo By David Silverman)

Patriots Training Camp Day 3: Offensive Line dominates

Offensive Lineman Jon Halapio vs Chris Jones. Halapio's having a very good camp. (Photo By David Silverman)

Offensive Lineman Jon Halapio vs Chris Jones. Halapio’s having a very good camp.
(Photo By David Silverman)

The Patriots finished their 4th practice of training camp, and the 2nd day in pads.

The clouds rolled in and the practice was cut a bit short when the rain began falling down on the practice field.

Did not practice with the team: WR Aaron Dobson (foot), CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Matthew Slater, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Deontae Skinner, T Chris Martin, DB Jemea Thomas, CB Daxton Swanson

Tom Brady had a very light workout today, he threw twice in 7-on-7 drills and completed both passes. He only threw once in 11-on-11 drills and Kenbrell Thompkins dropped his pass.

Ryan Mallett had another good day, completing 3 of 4 passes in 7-on-7 drills, and 5 of 7 in 11-on-11 drills. He did throw the only interception of the day when Malcom Butler undercut a throw to rookie Derrick Johnson. It was Butler’s 2nd straight day recording an interception.

Jimmy Garoppolo had a good day overall. He completed 4 of 4 passes in 7-on-7 drills, and 3 of 4 in 11-on-11 work. He threw two beautiful passes today. He showed off his nice touch, which I think is the nicest of any rookie QB, when he threw it deep to D.J. Williams down the sideline. He also threw a dart between defenders to newly signed WR Brian Tyms. He did fumble a snap exchange between him and Bryan Stork. 

When the defensive line took on the offensive line in one-on-one drills, the offensive line won 10-5. Boston.com has the full results of the drill.

“DL results: Chandler Jones (1-0), Vince Wilfork (0-1), Sealver Siliga (1-1), Chris Jones (1-0), Jake Bequette (1-1), Will Smith (0-1), Joe Vellano (0-1), Marcus Forston (0-1), Michael Buchanan (0-1), Zach Moore (0-1), Eathyn Manumaleuna (1-0), L.T. Tuipulotu (0-1).

(Missing one defender who matched up, and lost, with guard Jon Halapio.)

— OL results: Nate Solder (0-1), Logan Mankins (1-0), Ryan Wendell (1-0), Dan Connolly (0-1), Marcus Cannon (1-0), Sebastian Vollmer (1-0), Josh Kline (1-0), Bryan Stork (1-0), Jon Halapio (1-1), Cameron Fleming (1-1), Chris Barker (1-0), Jordan Devey (0-1), Braxton Cave (1-0).”

RB James White keeps having a good camp, but today he took the loudest, nastiest, and best hit of camp when Brandon Browner popped him on a run. Browner jumped up with excitement and the defense went crazy. He’s bringing the legion of boom to New England.

Justin Jones did an excellent job blocking, but has been inconsistent. He’s getting a lot of reps though, and has good and bad moments. The biggest thing plaguing Jones is drops, he has had way too many in camp.

D.J. Williams is getting a lot reps and is having a quiet good camp.

As mentioned above, Thompkins suffered through some drops again today.

I do wonder if New England is putting way too much trust into 2nd year players and Brandon LaFell, but it has only been 4 practices and maybe the drops will go away once the season begins.

Let’s hope. 

Rob Gronkowski was limited again today, but did run through some running plays during 11-on-11s but it was light.

The Patriots are off tomorrow, but return to the field Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. and will be open to the public.

 

Patriots sign WR Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford, release Greg Orton

Brian Tyms pulled in a catch against the Jets last season.  (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Brian Tyms pulled in a catch against the Jets last season.
(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Patriots released, injured WR Greg Orton, who will land on the team’s IR list.

The team signed 2 new wide receivers, Cole Stanford (Cal Pol) and Brian Tyms (Florida A&M).

Tyms played in 7 games last year with the Browns, while Stanford is an undrafted free agent.

Tyms had 2 catches for 12 yards in 7 games with the Browns. Both catches came against the New York Jets.

Stanford played FB, HB, and WR for Cal Poly. Last season he rushed the ball 14 times for 53 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 25 passes for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns.

He’s 6’2 and 225 pounds versatile player.

Those moves put the Patriots back at their full 90 man roster.

Watch: Danny Nickerson gets serenaded for his birthday by the Patriots

Danny Nickerson, a shy boy, being sung Happy Birthday to by the Patriots.  (Photo From Patriots.com)

Danny Nickerson, a shy boy, being sung Happy Birthday to by the Patriots.
(Photo From Patriots.com)

Danny Nickerson is a 6 year old Patriots fan from Foxborough, Massachusetts, with amazing bravery, and strength, who got a surprise from the Patriots.  

Nickerson, who has a rare inoperable brain tumor, turned 6 Friday, told his mom all he wanted was a box of birthday cards, so his mom took to social media to spread the word. 

From the town newspaper, to a national audience, Nickerson received over 100,000 birthday cards and packages.

The Patriots gave him another surprise today.

The entire team and coaching staff signed a birthday card Friday for Danny, and gathered around today to sing Happy Birthday to him.

You can see the video of Patriots players and coaches singing Happy Birthday to Danny by following the link here:  https://vine.co/v/M0X1AaEl6iu

You can LIKE Danny’s Warriors Facebook to support him through this battle and wish him a Happy Birthday: https://www.facebook.com/dannyswarriors

You can also FOLLOW Danny’s Warriors on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DannysWarriors

Danny Nickerson and his family after getting sung to by the Patriots. (Photo From Matt Chatham)

Danny Nickerson and his family after getting sung to by the Patriots.
(Photo From Matt Chatham)

Photos From Day 2 of Pats Training Camp

Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan, Chandler Jones, Rob Gronkowski, and Justin Jones head to practice. (Photo By David Silverman)

Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan, Chandler Jones, Rob Gronkowski, and Justin Jones head to practice.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Tom Brady drops back for a pass. (Photo By David Silverman)

Tom Brady drops back for a pass.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Duron Harmon at training camp. (Photo By David Silverman)

Duron Harmon at training camp.
(Photo By David Silverman)

James White runs with the ball. (Photo By David Silverman)

James White runs with the ball.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Darrelle Revis knocks away a pass for Brandon LaFell

Darrelle Revis knocks away a pass for Brandon LaFell

Darrelle Revis picks off a Brady to Edelman pass. (Photo By David Silverman)

Darrelle Revis picks off a Brady to Edelman pass.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Darrelle Revis picks off a Brady to Edelman pass. (Photo By David Silverman)

Darrelle Revis picks off a Brady to Edelman pass.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Will Smith picks up a loose ball. (Photo By David Silverman)

Will Smith picks up a loose ball.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Zach Moore (Photo By David Silverman)

Zach Moore
(Photo By David Silverman)

Tom Brady signs an autograph for Ryan Mallett (Photo By David Silverman)

Tom Brady signs an autograph for Ryan Mallett
(Photo By David Silverman)

Ryan Mallett is celebrating his Brady autograph! (Photo By David Silverman)

Ryan Mallett is celebrating his Brady autograph!
(Photo By David Silverman)

Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady sign for the fans. (Photo By David Silverman)

Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady sign for the fans.
(Photo By David Silverman)

Tom Brady takes a picture with State Troopers (Photo By Daivd Silverman)

Tom Brady takes a picture with State Troopers
(Photo By David Silverman)

Defensive End Will Smith in a Pats jersey after camp talking with the media.  (Photo By Chris Ferreira)

Defensive End Will Smith in a Pats jersey after camp talking with the media.
(Photo By Chris Ferreira)