FOXBORO — The Patriots just put the wraps on their second training camp practice of the summer on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. Players were in shorts and shells — pads will come later this week, per the CBA. It was a toasty morning, but not nearly as humid as the first practice of the summer on Thursday. Here are a few quick notes:
Several players remain on PUP and NFI, but the following players were not spotted on the field during the workout: Matt Flynn, Brandon LaFell, Dane Fletcher, Chris White, Ryan Wendell, Chris Barker, Vince Taylor, Caylin Hauptmann and AJ Derby. In addition, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch and Dominique Easley were seen on the sidelines in sweats and shorts. (Branch and Blount were spotted on the far hill beyond the practice field running sprints.) Meanwhile, Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower were on the field and working out, but when the 11-on-11s near the end of practice, the two were running sprints off to the side.
Early in practice, Jimmy Garoppolo was working with some of the lead options in the passing game while Tom Brady was with the offensive linemen. Garoppolo was joined by tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and Scott Chandler, as well as wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. Chandler and Gronkowski looms as potentially colossal targets when it comes to red zone work — if both stay healthy over the course of 16 games, the Patriots could be one of the best teams in the league when it comes to finishing off drives inside the 20-yard line.
In 11-on-11 work toward the end of practice, the two quarterbacks alternated reps, with Brady getting first crack. In that sessions, Brady was 5-for-10 and Garoppolo was 6-for-12. Brady went to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola most of the time, while Garoppolo used newcomer Brandon Gibson as a frequent fallback option. In two-minute work, Brady went 11-for-13, including a nice connection with Edelman up the left seam. On the other field, Garoppolo went 8-for-11, including completions on his first six plays (two to Josh Boyce).
From a personnel perspective, one of the more interesting sights of the Friday morning session was Jake Bequette wearing a white (offense) jersey and working with the tight ends. The former Arkansas defensive end is entering his fourth year with the Patriots, and hasn’t managed to get much playing time on the defensive side of the ball. He spent some time on offense over the course of the spring workouts, and could be a part of the conversation at tight end before the end of the summer.
Linebacker D.J. Lynch limped off the practice field and to the locker room roughly halfway through practice. It appeared to be a leg or foot injury.
The Patriots continued to shuffle through various combinations with their offensive line, but it was interesting to see that when the starters were in there — center Bryan Stork and tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer or Marcus Cannon — rookies Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason appeared to get a ton of the reps with that group, with Jackson was at right guard and Mason at left guard.
James White, Edelman and Amendola all got reps at punt returner.
Jimmy Mundine and Jonathan Krause jumped offsides in two-minute work and had to run a lap.