Postcard from camp, Day Eight: Scrimmage shows Garoppolo not yet in Brady's class

Postcard from camp, Day Eight: Scrimmage shows Garoppolo not yet in Brady's class

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took the opportunity on Day 8 of training camp practice to hold their first intrasquad scrimmage of the summer. Here's what we saw... 

* Nate Solder was not present, leaving LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming to take the first-group left tackle. Matthew Slater was not spotted for the second consecutive day. Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch remain on PUP. Andrew Jelks remains on NFI.  


* Rex Burkhead, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan joined the usual group of players who headed down to the lower field early: Duron Harmon, Mike Gillislee, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola, David Jones and James O'Shaughnessy.  

* Joe Thuney left practice under his own power about halfway through the session.

* Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers started with Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy up front for the Blue team. Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty started in the secondary. David Harris, Shea McClellin and Kyle Van Noy started at linebacker.

* White's offensive line starters: Marcus Cannon at right tackle, Shaq Mason at right guard, David Andrews at center, Joe Thuney at left guard, LaAdrian Waddle at right tackle.

* Tom Brady complete to Dwyane Allen deep down the seam with Harris in coverage. 
* Brady complete to James Develin on back-shoulder throw with McClellin in coverage.
* Brady complete to James White in the flat.
* Lawrence Guy sack working on Shaq Mason. Harvey Langi got decent push on Marcus Cannon.
* Brady complete to Brandon Bolden in the flat. 
* Stephen Gostkowski field goal. 

* Jimmy Garoppolo incomplete to Austin Carr deep down the field. 
* Garoppolo complete to Jacob Hollister. 
* Dion Lewis run. 
* Garoppolo incomplete. Geneo Grissom pressure. 
* Lewis run. 
* Lewis run snuffed out on fourth down. 

* Brady complete to Rob Gronkowski. 
* Brady incomplete to Brandin Cooks, broken up by Gilmore.  
* Brady complete to Cooks deep down the field. Gilmore had his hand in there but Cooks caught it anyway. About a 45-yard gain. Brady would've been sacked by Van Noy.
* Bolden run. 
* Brady incomplete to Allen. Very close. I thought it was a catch. Malcom Brown sack. 
* Brady complete to White. Flowers pressure might've resulted in a sack. Was working on Fleming (who subbed in for Waddle at left tackle.)
* Gostkowski field goal. 

* Garoppolo complete to Carr over the middle. 
* Garoppolo incomplete deep down the sideline to Lewis. 
* Foster run. Nice play by Josh Augusta to cut through the line. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. Miscommunication on the route. 
* Garoppolo complete to Carr on a screen. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Lewis. Ball thrown over his head. 
* Gostkowski field goal is good. 

* Brady complete to White. 
* Brady complete to Lucien with Rowe in coverage. 
* Brady complete to Lucien deep down the sideline for a touchdown. Jonathan Jones sold out for the PBU and didn't get there. Flowers would've had a sack.

* Garoppolo complete to Lewis over the middle. 
* Lewis run.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. DJ Killings breaks it up. 
* Garoppolo scrambles after being immediately flushed by Kony Ealy. 
* Harvey Langi late onto the field and Blue called for a delay of game. 
* Ryan Allen punt.

* Brissett comes out to take a knee


* Garoppolo complete to Matt Lengel with C. Jones in coverage. 
* Lewis run. Kenny Moore looks a little gimpy. 
* Garoppolo complete to Tony Washington. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Jacob Hollister. Moore there in coverage. 
* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 
* Garoppolo incomplete. Caleb Kidder pressure. Ealy broke it up.  
* Lewis run blown up by Roberts. 
* Cole Croston false start. 
* Garoppolo incomplete for Foster. Grissom pressure. 
* Gostkowski misses 47-yarder wide right. 

* Brissett hands to Bolden. Stopped by Valentine and Wise. 
* Brissett complete to Bolden. Trevor Bates would've had the sack. 
* Brissett incomplete for Cotton. Wise pressure. 
* Allen punt. (Brady, meanwhile, working on his drops and his footwork surveying the field.)

* Lewis run. 
* Lewis run. Gets around Grissom on the left side. 
* Garoppolo complete to Lewis.
* Conor McDermott false start.
* Garoppolo incomplete for Carr. Jason Thompson comes over from free safety for the breakup.
* Garoppolo incomplete for Washington. 
* Allen punt. Second time he's scooped a low snap to make a good punt. C. Jones slips on the return for the second time. Need new spikes?

* Brissett fumbles the Andrews snap. Trevor Bates recovers. Joe Thuney leaves practice a few minutes later. 

* Lewis run. He looks quick. 
* Garoppolo complete to Lengel. 
* Foster run. 
* Foster run blown up by Darius Kilgo. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Lengel. Drop. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Foster. Killings PBU. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Foster. Killings PBU again. 
* Gostkowski kick is good. 

* Brissett complete to Lucien. Rowe arguing he broke it up. (Karras in at left guard for Thuney.)
* Brissett scrambles for a first down. 
* Wise strip sacks Brissett working on LaAdrian Waddle. 
* Allen punt. 

* Lewis run. 
* Lewis run.
* Foster run. 
* Garoppolo complete to Lengel over the middle. 
* Garoppolo incomplete for Washington. 
* Garoppolo incomplete for Hollister. Thompson PBU. 
* Garoppolo complete to Carr with Coleman in coverage. Good throw on the run.
* Garoppolo incomplete to Washington over the middle with Moore in coverage. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. Moore in coverage. 
* Garoppolo incomplete. Bounced off of Carr's hands.
* Gostkowski kick is good. 

* Brissett complete to Cotton for a long gain. 
* Daniels run. Rivers chases it down from behind.
* Brissett incomplete. Harris pressure. 
* Brissett complete deep down the field for Lucien with Will Likely in coverage. Brady was one of the first ones down the field to celebrate.

* Lewis run. Kilgo tracks him down. 
* Garoppolo incomplete for Washington. Nearly picked by Demarius Travis.
* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 
* Gostkowski field goal is good. 

* Brissett incomplete one. Miscommunication with Lucien. 
* Daniels run. 
* Waddle false start.
* Adam Butler sack. Wise was coming in from the edge for the pressure. 
* Allen punt.

* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 
* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 
* Garoppolo incomplete to Foster. Coleman PBU. Brady fist pumps.
* Garoppolo incomplete for Lewis. 


Brady: 10-for-12, touchdown
Garoppolo: 14-for-36 total
Brissett: 4-for-7, touchdown, two fumbles
TDs: Lucien (2)
Sacks: Flowers (2), Guy, Van Noy, Brown, Bates, Wise, Butler
Pressures: Grissom (2), Wise (2), Langi, Ealy, Kidder, Harris
PBUs: Killings (3), Thompson (2), Gilmore, Ealy, Coleman


Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31


Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31

SEATTLE - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did enough through 3 1/2 quarters that even the best comeback attempt by Russell Wilson fell short this time.

A couple of yards short to be exact.

Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Falcons watched Blair Walsh's 52-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds fall short, holding off the Seattle Seahawks for a 34-31 win on Monday night.

Atlanta won its second straight to stay on the heels of New Orleans and Carolina in the NFC South, and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss.

"What an absolute team win from the guys tonight," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. "Coming here, in this environment, with the crowd, we thought it would be two competitive, tough teams that were going to battle for it in the biggest way."

Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a 1-yard TD run on Atlanta's opening possession.

But it was Clayborn's fumble return that helped break the game open early in the second quarter and gave Atlanta a 21-7 lead. He scooped up a loose ball after Wilson was crunched by Takk McKinley and Courtney Upshaw.

"I think we're moving in the right direction. We keep proving we can finish games and beat guys. We have to take the momentum and keep rolling with it," Clayborn said.

With Seattle down 11 points, Wilson hit Doug Baldwin on a 29-yard TD with 3 minutes left and then threw to Jimmy Graham for the two-point conversion. Seattle got the ball back and moved in range for Walsh, whose attempt was on line but landed short of the crossbar.

"That was in our range, and in hindsight I would have just driven it more," Walsh said. "I would have driven it more and not left it short. I was too accurate and didn't have enough on it."

Wilson again was the entirety of Seattle's offense, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and running for another 86 yards and a TD.

But it was an awful night for the Seahawks, filled with more injuries and questionable decisions by coach Pete Carroll. He called for a fake field goal late in the first half rather than attempting a 35-yard kick. He also made a questionable challenge in the fourth quarter that didn't go his way and left Seattle with just one timeout.

That lack of timeouts came back to haunt Seattle on the final drive when seconds ticked away and rather than running one more play, Walsh was sent out to attempt the 52-yard kick. His long for the season is 49 yards.

The conclusion only amplified Carroll's baffling decision at the end of the first half, when Seattle ran a fake field goal rather than having Walsh attempt a 35-yarder that would have pulled Seattle within 24-20. Holder Jon Ryan completed his shovel pass to Luke Willson, but Grady Jarrett read the play and tackled Willson for a 4-yard loss.

Willson said Atlanta's defense on the play was different than what Seattle had seen on film.

"It would have been a really good call if we had made it," Carroll said. "Terrific opportunity right where we wanted it and the defensive tackle made a better play."

Seattle played a game for the first time since the end of the 2010 season without Richard Sherman. His streak of 99 consecutive starts in the regular season was snapped because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered against Arizona. The Seahawks were also without safety Kam Chancellor because of a neck injury, leaving their vaunted secondary with several new faces.

"Those two are phenomenal players. ... It was a lot different," Sanu said. "They did a lot of different things but we just had to take advantage of our routes."


Ryan was more than happy to pick on a defense without Sherman and Chancellor. He was 19 of 27 passing for 195 yards and rarely faced pressure. Seattle had one sack, and the Falcons went 9 of 14 on third-down conversions.

Sanu made a great one-handed grab for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Ryan found Toilolo on a 25-yard TD in the third quarter to give Atlanta a 31-20 lead. Matt Bryant added a 19-yard field goal with 3:49 left to put the Falcons ahead by 11, and Wilson's late heroics weren't enough.

Ryan's streak of 64 straight games passing for at least 200 yards was snapped.


Seattle's injury woes continued. The Seahawks lost rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin to a concussion on the second play of the game, forcing newly signed veteran Byron Maxwell into a more prominent role than expected.

Early in the second half, promising running back Mike Davis was lost to a groin injury after taking a screen pass 21 yards. Davis had two receptions and had carried six times for 18 yards before getting hurt. Seattle also lost starting guard Oday Aboushi in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Atlanta got a scare when safety Keanu Neal was checked for a concussion in the first half. He was cleared to return.


Falcons: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday to open a three-game homestand.

Seahawks: Travel to division foe San Francisco on Sunday.


EX-PATS PODCAST: How Belichick the perfectionist will find flaws in win vs. Raiders


EX-PATS PODCAST: How Belichick the perfectionist will find flaws in win vs. Raiders

0:55 - Patriots playing great as they stream roll the Raiders but Koppen explains that Belichick will knock them down as he strives for perfection. Also talk about how it takes a couple months into the season for the coaches and players to learn each other again.

5:40 - Stephon Gilmore playing excellent lined up against Michael Crabtree. Malcolm Butler bounces back but gives up the only score to Amari Cooper. Koppen suggest Butler’s contract situation might be affecting his play. 

7:50 - All in on the Patriots defense yet? Giardi and Koppen discuss the defensive play and the upcoming offenses the Patriots will be facing.

10:30 - Dan Koppen talks about job security in the NFL and if he ever worried about somebody else taking his job, and the cutthroat nature of the Patriots. 

13:50 - Tom Brady picking apart the Raiders and Jack Del Rio’s defenses throughout his career. 

17:45 - A debate about Patriots backup quarterbacks and if Matt Cassel was actually a good NFL QB. 

21:20 - A few game notes: Rex Burkhead’s fumble vs. the Raiders, LaAdrian Waddle filling in for Marcus Cannon.