The Patriots finished up their 11th practice of training camp, and their 8th time in full pads.
Did Not Practice: QB Tom Brady, WR Brandon LaFell, RB Dion Lewis, RB Tyler Gaffney, RB Travaris Cadet, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Eric Martin, LB Darius Fleming, OL Marcus Cannon, OL Ryan Wendell, C Bryan Stork, OL Caylin Hauptmann, DT Joe Vellano, LT Nate Solder, TE Jake Bequette, TE Scott Chandler, DT Chris Jones.
The weather didn’t cooperate with the Patriots and without their star QB, the offense drowned in the rain.
Tom Brady could not practice because he will be in New York tomorrow for his arbitration meeting, a battle in court to overturn his suspension. The date and time and meeting were ordered by Judge Richard Berman. Brady, however, did get in a little work at Gillette earlier in the day. Also, rumor has it, the Judge will try to get both sides to agree to a deal, something unlikely to happen.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo received most of the workload today and did not fare very well. I’ve noticed a trend this off-season with Garoppolo that has me a bit worried. When he takes the majority of the snaps, he doesn’t perform well, but when he receives the standard backup reps he performs very well. It is training camp and these kind of practices don’t mean much to most players, especially the starters, but it does worry me a little bit about Garoppolo, especially if he’s the starter through the first four regular season games. Is he ready yet or not? Last year, however, he had an excellent pre-season, so we will see how he does on Thursday. Garoppolo was 22-36 with 2 interceptions during team drills, including 10-16 during 7-on-7s and 12-20 with 2 picks during 11-on-11s. The two interceptions were the fault of two different tight ends and not Garoppolo’s. Michael Hoomanawanui tipped a pass to Tavon Wilson and Logan Stokes tipped a pass to Devin McCourty.
Ryan Lindley was 10-20 during team drills with an interception, including 6-8 during 7-on-7s and 4-12 with an interception during 11-on-11s.
Rookie CB Darryl Roberts was the clear stand-out of the day. He had four pass breakups, the most by any player throughout camp, and now has a team high 10 pass breakups through 11 practices. He broke up two Lindley passes, one led to a Tavon Wilson interception of Lindley’s, and he had two pass breakups against Garoppolo, who wanted Boyce on the throws.
The defense really won the day today. The Boston Herald broke down the defensive stats from the secondary:
“Darryl Roberts (four pass breakups), Tavon Wilson (two interceptions), Devin McCourty (one interception), Logan Ryan (one pass breakup), Jamie Collins (one pass breakup) and Dax Swanson (one pass breakup).”
Malcom Brown is really coming into his own on the defensive line, which is a good sign for Pats Nation and the rookie first-round pick.
Aaron Dobson returned, but departed to rehab after stretching along with Julian Edelman. LeGarrette Blount practice for an hour before heading to the locker room.
The Patriots will have a closed walk-through tomorrow before taking on the Packers on Thursday Night for their pre-season opener! The Pats next public practice will be Saturday at 9:15 am.