Postcard from camp: Brown missing, Cadet leaves early


Postcard from camp: Brown missing, Cadet leaves early

Partly cloudy day at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots were back on the field for their ninth training camp practice on Saturday morning. Temperatures hovered around 70 degrees, but it felt warmer in the sun.

Rookie first-round pick Malcom Brown, who appeared to tweak his left foot or ankle on Friday, and second-year center Bryan Stork joined the list of those missing from practice on Saturday.

Other offensive regulars missing from the session included receivers Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson and Brian Tyms. Tight end Scott Chandler missed his second consecutive practice, and running back LeGarrette Blount was not present after sustaining an injury early in practice on Friday.

Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, running backs Tyler Gaffney and Dion Lewis, linebackers Matthew Wells, Darius Fleming and Eric Martin and defensive lineman Joe Vellano were also missing.

Receivers Matthew Slater and Brandon LaFell, defensive lineman Chris Jones, linebackers Chris White and Dane Fletcher and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell remain on the physically unable to perform list. Quarterback Matt Flynn, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and defensive lineman Alan Branch remain on the non-football injury list.

Undrafted rookie Jimmay Mundine was back at practice on Saturday. Tyms and Martin did some rehab work on the field before leaving about halfway through the session.

* Corner Malcolm Butler spent a few minutes having his left leg stretched on the sidelines during an 11-on-11 period. He did not participate for the remainder of the session. He could be seen jogging briefly after being worked on.

* Travaris Cadet went down with some kind of injury early in practice. He walked off the field under his own power with trainers and headed toward the Dana-Farber Field House. Running back numbers were down throughout the session with Blount and Gaffney missing, opening more opportunities for Brandon Bolden and James White.

* With Stork missing, undrafted rookie center David Andrews and veteran Josh Kline took reps snapping to Brady and Garoppolo.

* Bill Belichick took advantage of the officials at Saturday's practice. It was the last session for which officials were present. Early in the day, before a punt period, Belichick spoke to a handful of officials for a few moments.

* Nick Caserio threw passes to members of the secondary during positional drills. He's been deployed as a thrower several times during camp with only two quarterbacks on the roster. On one attempt, he almost hit Joe Judge, which drew an amusing reaction from the special teams coach.

* Early in practice, Belichick held two large on-the-field meetings. One, with all players huddling on the field, came after the team's 7-on-7 period. Another, with all offensive players involved, came after one Jimmy Garoppolo snap in the first 11-on-11 period.

* Special teams periods focused on kickoff, kick return and punt work. During one period, the team worked on its onside kicks. Rob Gronkowski was a featured member of the "hands" team, snatching a few of kicker Stephen Gostkowski's bouncing kicks.

* Players took to the hill on the far side of the practice fields for some conditioning runs at the end of the session. White did not participate in the conditioning period as he may have been dealing with some kind of physical ailment.

* Brady complete to Jonas Gray.
* Brady complete to Jake Bequette. Diving grab by the tight end.

* Garoppolo complete to Boyce.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Bequette. Pass dropped by Bequette.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Gibson. Tavon Wilson there to help break up the pass.
* Garoppolo complete to Cadet.
* Garoppolo complete to Hoomanawanui.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Krause. Jimmy Jean knocks the ball out to force the drop.

* Bolden run up the middle.
* Brady complete to Gronkowski.
* Brady complete to Amendola with Chung in coverage.
* Bolden run up the middle.
* Brady bootleg run for a big gain.
* Gray run to the right.

* Garoppolo complete to D'Orazio.
* Garoppolo complete to Boyce. Ebner was in position for a sack.
* White run up the middle.
* White run up the middle.
* White run up the middle.
* White run up the middle.

* White run up the middle. Shaq Mason flattened Patrick Chung.
* Brady complete to Bolden.
* Brady complete to Hoomanawanui.

* Garoppolo complete to Boyce.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Boyce. Pass broken up by Darryl Roberts.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Gibson. Ball thrown behind Gibson.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Bequette. Pass interference called on Nate Ebner.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Gibson with Ebner in coverage.
* Garoppolo intercepted by Logan Ryan. Ball was dropped by Krause and Ryan was in position to take advantage of the opportunity.

* Garoppolo complete to White in the red zone.

* Gray run up the middle.
* Gray run up the middle.
* Brady complete to Boyce.

* Garoppolo hand-off to Gray.
* Garoppolo complete to Boyce. Nice throw that dropped between Daxton Swanson and Duron Harmon.
* Garoppolo complete to White on the sideline.
* Garoppolo complete short to Gray. Linebacker Cameron Gordon in position to make a quick tackle.
* White run up the middle. Tackled by linebacker Rufus Johnson.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Mundine. Rookie safety Jordan Richards was tight in coverage.
* Garoppolo incomplete for Mundine. Mundine called for pass interference.

* White run up the middle.
* White run up the middle.
* Garoppolo complete to White on a screen.
* Garoppolo complete to . . . himself. Pass was batted at the line of scrimmage.
* Garoppolo complete to Zach D'Orazio.
* White run up the middle. Tackled by Zach Moore.
* Garoppolo incomplete. Thrown at the feet of Eric Kettani.
* Kettani run to the left. Offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo liked that rep from Mason.
* Garoppolo scramble to the right.
* Kettani run up the middle on the goal line.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.