The Patriots completed their second joint practice with the Saints and it was held in full pads. This was the Pats 16th practice of training camp overall and their final one.
Did Not Practice: WR Julian Edelman, WR Aaron Dobson, WR Brandon LaFell, CB Darryl Roberts, FB Eric Kettani, RB Travaris Cadet , LB Dane Fletcher, LB Eric Martin, OL Ryan Wendell, C Bryan Stork, OL Caylin Hauptmann, DE Rufus Johnson, DT Joe Vellano, DE Trey Flowers, WR Brian Tyms, TE Jake Bequette, TE Scott Chandler, DT Chris Jones.
WR Brian Tyms has another injury and this time it’s a bad one, and he might be heading to IR list.
QB Tom Brady was 28-32 during team drills with 13 touchdowns. He went 16-18 during 11-on-11s and 12-14 during 7-on-7s. Two of the four incompletions were drops by Gronk. Tom Brady destroyed the Saints defense today and was an absolute star out there. Brady threw a 30 and 40 yard touchdown pass to Matthew Slater. He also hit Gronk for a 30 yard score and Gray for a 20 yard touchdown. Brady hit Josh Boyce for a nice 40 yard touchdown. Chris Harper snagged a pass that was behind him for a 10 yard touchdown from Brady.
Jimmy Garoppolo did not receive a single rep during practice.
Ryan Lindley got to throw 6 passes during a late 11-on-11 rep, completing every pass.
TE Rob Gronkowski caught four touchdown passes from Brady today. It was the usual Brady-to-Gronk connection that we all know so well, and their usual dominance, but it’s usually reserved for game days.
QB Drew Brees was 7-10 during 11-on-11s. Brees couldn’t get the best of Butler today, who had excellent coverage all practice. Brees threw a pass in the end zone to Colston, whose 5 inches taller than Butler, but Butler jumped up to the ball’s highest point and knocked it away. Tarell Brown is the team’s 2nd best corner and again today had a great session. He smothered Cooks to force an incompletion on one play and was smothering all day in general.
DE Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard man handled the Saints DL during 1-on-1 drills. Also, Malcom Brown and Geneo Grissom were very effective against the Saints during 1-on-1 drills.
Randy Moss watched the Patriots practice today, wearing a Patriots shirt.
Moss and Brady spoke on the sideline when the 3rd stringers were going through their reps, and Moss and Brady even played a little catch.
Moss was asked if he wanted to run a route.
“He wanted me to,” Moss said. “He threw me the ball a couple times. It was great being around the guys.”
Moss also told reporters after practice, he was impressed with Brady.
“I was just telling Tom he looked good,” Moss said. “He looks like the game has slowed down for him. Anytime the game slows down for you, that’s dangerous because that means he’s able to think a little bit slower to be able to make decisions for the offense. It just looked good to me. Just from the outside looking in, he’s just making his throws, reading the defense, changing his mike calls and things like that. So I just told him that, ‘Man, if the game has slowed down this much for you, only great things can happen.”
Moss also said he stands by his former QB no matter what.
“One thing you have to realize is Tom is human,” Moss said. “I’m not going to sit up here and tell you it doesn’t affect him. Not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle. That’s just something that as a professional, you just have to just live with it, just move on from it. We talk every month, but that’s something we don’t talk about. I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m going to stand by him regardless of what happens, and I don’t call him to talk about anything negative. Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction. That’s what I’m there for.”
Moss also didn’t rule out a return to the NFL.
“I would say never, but ahhhh, let’s leave it at that,” he said.
This was the Saints and Pats final practice before heading to New Orleans for their preseason game on Saturday.