FOXBORO — The Patriots had their second practice of training camp on Friday morning during a break in the rain on the backfields of Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady was visably frustrated at Friday's practice. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady was visably frustrated at Friday’s practice. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had their second practice of training camp on Friday morning during a break in the rain on the backfields of Gillette Stadium.

There were several players in various stages of rehab on the field and not in pads including wide receiver Julian Edelman, wide receiver Danny Amendola, wide receiver Nate Washington (after participating Thursday) offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and defensive lineman Alan Branch. However, the following players were not spotted on the field at all: Dion Lewis, Nate Ebner and Tre’ Jackson.

Jamie Collins returned after missing Thursday, while cornerbacks Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon were in red, non-contact jerseys for a second straight day.

Here are some observations from the nearly two-hour session:

— Unlike Thursday, Tom Brady led the 11-on-11 drills, but Jimmy Garoppolo led the 7-on-7’s. Brady led all the positional drills as well. Overall, Garoppolo looked sharp, while Brady looked off at times. A highlight of the practice was after getting a ball batted down at the line during a 7-on-7 drill, Brady took his helmet off and paused before firing his helmet into the ground. Clearly frustrated with his play.

Garoppolo was great in 7-on-7’s. The best pass of the day was Garoppolo to Chris Harper up the sidelines in 7-on-7 work for a touchdown. Brady was picked off by Duron Harmon as well.

In 11-on-11’s, Brady came back strong with a perfect throw to Rob Gronkowski after throwing his helmet. Garoppolo took a step back, but was still efficient. Jacoby Brissett looked like a rookie at times and was picked off by Kevin Snyder.

— Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman were both on the field throwing back and forth with each other at the beginning of practice. They both ran hills for about five minutes, which seems to be a sign they could be nearing a return to practice. Both players had offseason surgeries.

— In their absence, Chris Hogan and Harper looked good, as well as Aaron Dobson.

— During goal line work, the defensive backs weren’t all in sync and Bill Belichick came over appearing to be frustrated. After speaking with the group in the huddle, they responded by looking great against Brissett forcing a lot of balls to be thrown away.

— Returning punts were Cyrus Jones, Keshawn Martin and DeAndre Carter.

— At the end of practice Belichick squirted water over holder Ryan Allen’s hands as Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals to simulate game action in the rain.

— The team ran hills afterwards, which is customary for this time in the summer.

— Saturday will be the first padded practice, which will give a better idea of where some injured players stand, as well as more insight on positional battles.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo work out at Patriots camp. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Images)FOXBORO — Nope. No. Nada. No freaking way.

Sorry, Jimmy, It’s not happening.



FOXBORO — The mystery surrounding Jamie Collins is over.

Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — The mystery surrounding Jamie Collins is over.

The Patriots’ fourth-year linebacker was back on the practice field Friday morning after not being spotted at the first practice of camp on Thursday, leading to speculation about his whereabouts and why he might not be on the field.

The star linebacker is in the final year of his rookie deal paying him just $917,000 in base salary this season, well below the going rate for an impact edge player like Collins is on Belichick’s defense.

Belichick shot down the notion of a contract holdout or any injury issue in his press conference Friday morning before Collins took the field for the first time in camp.

“He was excused. He’s here. No issues,” Belichick said.

Collins was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015 and was selected to the 2015 AP All-Pro second team at outside linebacker, finishing fourth at that position with eight votes. He also received two votes at inside linebacker.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO – Even Bill Belichick has a breaking point when it comes to efforts to create a quarterback controversy.

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Bill Belichick answers questions Friday before Day 2 of camp. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO – Even Bill Belichick has a breaking point when it comes to efforts to create a quarterback controversy.

In his second press conference of camp, Bill Belichick was asked if there were any chance Jimmy Garoppolo could steal Tom Brady’s job if he performs well in his four weeks replacing the suspended star quarterback.

Belichick was asked if he’s ever named a Week 5 starter in July?

“Yeah, I don’t know.”

Then the intrepid unidentified reporter asked: “What happens if Jimmy plays better?”

“Look, I told you what’s going to happen,” said Belichick, referring to his statement at the end of his opening remarks of camp on Wednesday when he said Brady would be the starter when he returns.

The reporter followed up, “So there’s no [chance]?”

Belichick, not amused, muttered, “Jesus Christ.”

This was a bit of a flashback to Sept. 29, 2014 when after getting mauled by the Chiefs, 41-14, on Monday night football, Belichick was asked by CSNNE’s Mike Giardi about whether there would be any “re-evaluation” of the quarterback job in the next week.

That night, Belichick passively dismissed the question with a muted laugh. Friday’s tone was more of agitation.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has a base salary of $600,000 this season and will be a restricted free agent after the year is over.

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler

FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has a base salary of $600,000 this season and will be a restricted free agent after the year is over.

This makes his contract a story as the Patriots could have looked to sign him to an extension this past offseason, along with other young defensive stars Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents after the season.

As has been the case in the past whenever it’s come up, Butler hasn’t wanted to get into it.

“It is what it is, man,” Butler said after Thursday’s session. “Just playing ball, doing what I have to do. Doing my thing. Doing my job. Control only what I can control so it is what it is.”

Butler will be in his second season as the Patriots’ No. 1 cornerback and in his third year as a pro, he’s still looking to get better.

“I just want to stay at the top, man,” Butler said. “Aim towards the top. Do better than what I did last year. Each and every year I sure that is what everyone’s goal is. I set my standards high. This team sets their standards high so can’t do nothing but go up.”

In just his first season as a starter, Butler got matched up against the opponents’ top receiver each week, which is a challenge he relishes and likely will be asked to do again this season.

“I love going against the best,” Butler said. “Everyone does.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — For the first time since Dec. 13 of last year, LeGarrette Blount was back on the field with his Patriots teammates.