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.