Patriots Day Two Observations: Edelman blows everybody away


The Patriots held their second training camp practice yesterday, and the same people had a good day, but the defense stepped up the most.

Did Not Practice: QB Matt Flynn, special teamer Matthew Slater, WR Brandon LaFell, RB LeGarrette Blount, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Chris White, OL Ryan Wendell, DL Vince Taylor, OL Caylinn Hauptmann, TE A.J. Derby, DT Chris Jones, DT Alan Branch and DL Dominique Easley did not practice.

Flynn, Slater, Blount, Fletcher, Taylor, Branch and Easley conditioned on the sidelines and watched practice, while the rest were not present.

Hightower was limited, but Mayo was a full go for the second straight day.

QB Tom Brady had another great day, completing 24-35 passes during team drills. He was 17-25 during 11-on-11s and 7-10 during 7-on-7s. He threw three touchdowns at one point against CB Darryl Roberts. Brady took all of the first-team reps once again.

Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo had another solid day of work. He was 20 of 32 in team drills. He was 15-22 during 11-on-11s and 5-10 in 7-on-7s. WR Josh Boyce is becoming a favorite of Garoppolo’s.

Jeff Howe, of the Blitz, broke down the wide outs who caught passes from both quarterbacks below.

“The following caught passes from Brady: Julian Edelman (five), Danny Amendola (five), James White (four), Scott Chandler (three), Rob Gronkowski (two), Brandon Gibson (two), Travaris Cadet (one), Michael Hoomanawanui (one) and Aaron Dobson (one).

The following caught passes from Garoppolo: Josh Boyce (five), Gibson (four), Jonathan Krause (two), Edelman (two), Jimmay Mundine (two), Hoomanawanui (two), Dion Lewis (one), Chandler (one), Cadet (one).”

The WR group has quiet the little battle going over the fourth WR spot on the team between Boyce, Gibson, Tyms, and Dobson. 

Dobson and Tyms both had good days to open camp, but not during day two. Gibson and Boyce are both ahead of Tyms and Dobson and continue to look good with Boyce having an outstanding two days.

Josh Boyce caught four passes during the two-minute drill with Jimmy Garoppolo quarterbacking, including a deep pass down the right sideline.

WR Julian Edelman was amazing, yet again, at camp. He was uncoverable and created unbelievable separation from defenders.

CB Bradley Fletcher, the veteran off-season pickup, had a great day in camp yesterday. He broke up a pass and was close to every wide out. He was the reason for quiet a few incompletions.

Rookie second-round draft pick Jordan Richards is on fire to start camp. He intercepted Garoppolo two days ago and was all over Gronk in the redzone yesterday, causing an incompletion by Brady. 

Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, and Robert McClain, and Tavon Wilson all had pass break ups, giving the defense a much better 2nd day.

CB Darryl Roberts continues to struggle during training camp, giving up three touchdowns to Tom Brady. He was beaten twice by Julian Edelman.

The Pats practice today in 10 minutes at 9:15 a.m.



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