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Postcard from Camp Day 11: Belichick drops for push-ups when Patriots lose last period of joint practices with Jags

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Postcard from Camp Day 11: Belichick drops for push-ups when Patriots lose last period of joint practices with Jags

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were back on the fields behind Gillette Stadium for joint practice with the Jaguars on Tuesday. For the second straight day it was unseasonably cool, and for the second time in three days there was rain. 

Here's what we saw . . . 

 

ATTENDANCE 

* Matthew Slater, Eric Rowe, Shea McClellin, Tony Garcia and Trevor Bates were not spotted on the fields when things kicked off around 9:30 a.m.

* The group of Patriots that headed down to the lower field for some conditioning work included Nate Solder, Malcolm Mitchell, Mike Gillislee, Danny Amendola, Vincent Valentine, Cody Hollister, James O'Shaughnessy and David Jones.

 

NOTEWORTHY MOMENTS

* Ealy left practice briefly for the medical tent with head trainer Jim Whalen. He appeared to be nursing an arm injury. He eventually returned and participated in some 11-on-11 work with the second group. At the end of practice, he was working against the Jags third-team offense to see more reps.

 

* Harvey Langi, Lawrence Guy, Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise made up New England's starting front four early in 11-on-11 work. Derek Rivers also saw extensive work with the top group as a stand-up pass-rusher and a coverage linebacker. Rivers aligned over the center, guard and tackle in a two-point stance, showing Bill Belichick's willingness to have his top pick in 2017 bounce around. 

 

* Kenny Moore was one of the top two gunners on the punt team opposite Jonathan Jones. With Matthew Slater out, there's an opening for that role. Moore has had a good deal of success getting his hands on the football dating back to last spring, and it seems as though the Patriots staff wants to see if he can give them anything in the kicking game. Moore was also was in a vice role on the first-team punt-return group. 

 

1-ON-1 NOTES

* David Andrews lost ground to Abry Jones.

* Shaq Mason stopped Malik Jackson.

* Marcus Cannon planted Dante Fowler twice.

*  Cam Fleming made quick work of Lerentee McCray.

* Joe Thuney swallowed up Sheldon Day. 

* Ted Karras beat up Kevin Maurice.

 

* Malcolm Mitchell had a drop and Sam Cotton had two. 

* Mitchell made up for his drop by making a defender fall on one rep and by shaking Stanley Jean-Baptiste on another.

* Patrick Chung and Kenny Moore recorded pass breakups. 

* Rob Gronkowski was flagged by an official for a push-off. 

* Brandin Cooks had his second one-handed touchdown in as many days. And, yes, he got his feet down. One of the plays of the day.

* Brady dropped to do push-ups when the Jags won the final rep of the period. 

 

7-ON-7

* Brady complete to Gronkowski

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Brady incomplete to Edelman. Broken up by Pozluzny.

* Brady complete to Gronkowski.  

* Brady complete to White. 

 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo complete to Lucien. 

* Garoppolo complete to Maye. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Burkhead. 

 

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. 

* Brady tucks it down. Good coverage. 

 

* Garoppolo complete to Gronkowski. Fist bump after the fact. 

 

11-on-11

JAGUARS OFFENSE

* Fournette run. 

* Bortles tucks and runs. Langi the first to stop him. 

* Wise (up the middle) and Rivers (around the left edge) meet at the quarterback for a sack.

* Bortles incomplete to Benn. Butler PBU. Wise pressured Bortles from 3-tech. 

* Bortles incomplete for Robinson. Gilmore PBU. 

* False start. 

* Bortles incomplete for Lee. Ball was caught but out of bounds. Butler in coverage. 

* Henne in. Grant run. 

* Henne complete to Cole with C. Jones in coverage. (Rivers standing over the center. Belichick sends whole group for a lap.)

* Henne complete to Wynn with J. Jones in coverage. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE

* Brady incomplete for Allen. Overthrown and out of Allen's reach. (Waddle in as top left tackle.)

* Lewis run. 

* Brady complete to Lewis. (Facemask on Fowler. Pony formation with Lewis, Burkhead.)

* Lewis run. 

* Brady incomplete to Hogan over the middle. Out of his reach. (Fleming in at left tackle.)

* Brady complete to Cooks. 

* Garoppolo in. Lewis long run. 

* Lewis fumble. 

* Garoppolo complete to Carr. 

 

JAGUARS OFFENSE

* Bortles incomplete to . . . no one. 

* Ivory run. 

* Bortles incomplete to Robinson. Gilmore and Harmon PBU. 

* Fournette run blown up by Flowers. Jags tried to block Flowers with Alex Ellis. 

* Bortles complete to Gilmore deep down the field. Glimore called for PI. 

* Bortles incomplete. 

* Henne in. Ivory run. 

* Grant run. 

* Henne complete to Pinkard. Rivers dropped into coverage. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE

* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Bolden run. 

* Brady complete to Allen. 

* Brady incomplete out of bounds. 

* Bolden run. 

* False start. 

* Brady complete Hogan. 

* Garoppolo in. Bolden run. 

* White run. 

* Garoppolo floats it over double-coverage to Lucien. 

 

JAGUARS OFFENSE

* Bortles sacked by Roberts. 

* Jaguars hold. 

* Bortles incomplete out of bounds. 

* Bortles picked by Butler in coverage of Lee. 

* Ivory run. Ran at Langi with success. 

* Bortles complete to Lee for a touchdown with Gilmore in coverage. 

* Bortles incomplete. Guy pressure. 

* Bortles incomplete. Van Noy pressure, drew a hold. Slow to come off. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE

* Brady complete to Gronkowski down the seam.

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Bolden run. Good work at the goal line from Develin and Waddle.

* Lewis stuffed in the backfield. Ngakoue beat Cannon. 

* Neutral zone infraction. 

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. Scramble drill after Fowler almost freed himself from Cannon.

* White run. 

* Cooks run stuffed. 

 

JAGUARS OFFENSE GOAL LINE

* Fournette stuffed by Roberts, Flowers and Harris. 

* Yeldon gets in despite Guy's late charge. 

* Yeldon in.

* Fournette gets in. Big collision with Freeny. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE GOAL LINE

* Bolden stuffed by Malik Jackson. 

* Brady incomplete to Lengel. 

* Burkhead stuffed. 

* Burkhead in. 

 

JAGUARS OFFENSE (GET INTO FG RANGE)

* Bortles complete to Yeldon. 

* Bortles incomplete. Adam Butler pressure. 

* Bortles incomplete. 

* Bortles complete to Lee with Gilmore in coverage. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE HURRY-UP (GET INTO FG RANGE)

* Brady incomplete for Hogan. Hogan and Cooks ended up in the same area.

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. 

JAGUARS OFFENSE HURRY-UP (GET INTO END ZONE)

* Henne complete to Benn. 

* Henne incomplete. 

* Henne complete to Ivory for a touchdown with Van Noy in coverage. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE HURRY-UP (GET INTO END ZONE)

* Brady complete to Cooks for a touchdown with Howard in coverage. 

* Brady incomplete for White. 

* Brady incomplete for White. Day pressure on Mason. 

* Brady complete to Cooks. 

* Brady complete to Allen over the middle for the touchdown. 

 

PATRIOTS OFFENSE (WITH BRISSETT)

* Brissett complete to Tony Washington. 

* Foster run.

* Brissett incomplete. Pass batted at the line. 

* Brissett complete to Maye. 

* Daniels run.

* Brissett complete to Maye. Maye fumble.  

* Brissett complete to Washington over the middle.

* Daniels run. 

* Brissett jump-ball picked by Jean-Baptiste. Intended for Wasington.

* Daniels run. 

* Foster run.

* Brissett incomplete after scramble drill. Locked onto first option. Wasn't there.

* Foster run. Stopped before the goal line. Belichick reps out pushups because Patriots were stopped. 

Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

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Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe and a number of other ex-Patriots took to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:

 

Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.

 

Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.

PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8

"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."

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