Patriots Training Camp Day 8 Highlights: Brandon Gibson becoming a star

Gronk makes the catch over safety Tavon Wilson. (Photo By: Eric Adler)

Gronk makes the catch over safety Tavon Wilson.
(Photo By: Eric Adler)

The Patriots finished their 8th practice of training camp today, fifth time in full pads.

Did Not Practice: : QB Matt Flynn, WR Julian Edelman, WR Aaron Dobson, WR Matthew Slater, WR Brandon LaFell, RB Dion Lewis, RB Tyler Gaffney, LB Matt Wells, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Eric Martin, LB Darius Fleming, LB Chris White, OL Marcus Cannon, OL Ryan Wendell, OL Caylin Hauptmann, DT Joe Vellano, TE Jimmay Mundine, WR Brian Tyms, TE Scott Chandler, DT Chris Jones, DT Alan Branch.

QB Tom Brady was 27-34 during team drills with an interception. He was 9-11 with an interception during 7-on-7s and 18-23 during 11-on-11s.

FS Devin McCourty was the guy to pick-off Brady for his 2nd INT thrown this camp.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 17-30 during team drills with an interception. He was 3-7 during 7-on-7s and 14-23 during 11-on-11 with an interception.

Safety Duron Harmon was the guy to pick off Garoppolo. 

A couple other defensive players made plays today. Darryl Roberts and Bradley Fletcher had two pass breakups and Nate Ebner had one.

DE Geneo Grissom forced RB James White to fumble during a drill and LB Xzavier Dickson stripped Eric Kettani.

The Boston Herald broke down the wide outs who caught passes from Brady today: Brandon Gibson (seven), Rob Gronkowski (four), Danny Amendola (four), Brandon Bolden (three), James White (two), Michael Hoomanawanui (two), Josh Boyce (two), Jonas Gray (one), Chris Harper (one) and Travaris Cadet (one).

(*The above ^from the Boston Herald) broke down who won all the WR Vs CB battles today.

Here are the results from 3-on-3 drills with Garoppolo throwing:

CB Malcolm Butler over WR Boyce

CB Darryl Roberts over WR Gibson, overthrown by Garoppolo

CB Bradley Fletcher over WR Chris D’Orazio

WR Danny Amendola over CB Robert McClain

CB Roberts over WR Krause

CB Jimmy Jean over WR D’Orazio

WR Amendola over CB McClain

Here are the 3-on-3 results with Brady throwing:

WR Amendola over CB Butler

WR Krause over CB Daxton Swanson

WR Boyce over CB Jean WR D’Orazio over CB Butler

WR Boyce over CB Ryan

WR Harper over CB Jean

CB Roberts over WR Gibson

Here are the results in 1-on-1s with Garoppolo throwing:

WR Amendola one-handed diving catch over CB Ryan

CB Butler beat WR Boyce

WR Gibson beat CB McClain

WR Krause beat CB Jean

WR Harper over CB Swanson

WR D’Orazio over CB Roberts

WR Amendola held by CB Roberts, still caught

WR Gibson over CB Ryan

CB Butler over WR Boyce

WR Krause over CB Butler

(*The above^ from
Former Miami WR Brandon Gibson for two days in a row is on fire, making the most of all the injuries. He only caught four passes from Brady through the first six practices, but has caught 11 from him in the past two days. Gibson made a leaping grab over Butler and then a touchdown grab against Butler during 11-on-11s for some highlight plays.

Dominique Easley looks good again today during 11-on-11s and individual drills. He’s fast and explosive.

Chandler Jones, Sheard, and Collins would have had a Brady sack today if it was allowed.

Danny Amendola made another diving grab today, this time from Garoppolo deep and beating Logan Ryan.

Brian Tyms did some rehab today, which is a good sign he will be able to return to practice at some point.

RB LeGarrette Blount left practice early today with a right knee injury. He laid on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and slowly walking off the field with the training staff. He had both hands on his hips as he left. Unknown if it was serious or not, but it was scary. It happened during a running drill.

The Patriots will practice tomorrow at 9:15 am and it is open to the public.


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