Postcard from camp

Postcard from Camp Day 15: Rivers leaves practice with apparent leg injury


Postcard from Camp Day 15: Rivers leaves practice with apparent leg injury

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia -- The Patriots and Texans finished up a physical practice at the Greenbrier on Wednesday afternoon, their final joint session before Saturday's preseason game in Houston. 

The Patriots took another hit at the defensive end position as Derek Rivers left the practice a little over an hour into the practice following a kick coverage drill. Patriots trainer Jim Whalen appeared to be checking on Rivers' left knee. Rivers got off the turf and walked into the Greenbrier Sports Performance Center with team staffers. He did not return. 

Here are some of the other news and notes we picked up from Wednesday's workout . . . 


* LaAdrian Waddle and LeShun Daniels, both of whom failed to finish Tuesday's practice, joined the list of Patriots absentees from Tuesday: Nate Solder, Tony Garcia, Matthew Slater, Brandon King, Keionta Davis, Deatrich Wise, Dont'a Hightower (PUP), Andrew Jelks (NFI), Shea McClellin, Matt Lengel and Mike Gillislee. 



* About 15 minutes after Rivers' injury, Kony Ealy was rolling around on the ground, reaching for his shoulder. He returned at 11:50 and had a handful of effective pass-rush snaps during a hurry-up period coming off the right edge. He said after practice he feels as though he's heading in the right direction and building some positive momentum. 

* With LaAdrian Waddle out -- joining Nate Solder and Tony Garcia as injured left-tackle options -- Cameron Fleming took all of the reps with the top group on Tom Brady's blind side. Fleming was beaten by Whitney Mercilus for a pair of sacks in team drills and he lost to Mercilus in their lone 1-on-1 rep against one another. At one point, the Patriots placed Dion Lewis just off of Fleming's hip to chip Mercilus, and Mercilus ran over Lewis. Fleming did get the better of Mercilus at the end of practice, putting Mercilus on the ground and helping to give Brady enough time to find James White for a touchdown to finish off a hurry-up period.

* The Patriots came onto the field with a defense that seemed to be a healthy mix of regulars and reserves. Jordan Richards and Duron Harmon were the safeties. Derek Rivers was at one end with Harvey Langi on the other. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore were at the corner spots. On the next series, Patrick Chung came onto the field as did Devin McCourty. Trevor Bates and Jonathan Freeny handled the edges while David Harris manned the middle. 

* Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola and Cyrus Jones were the returners during what was a significantly more physical set of special-teams periods.

* After sitting out most of Tuesday's practice, Stephon Gilmore was out there in 11-on-11 work. Eric Rowe saw time in the slot with Malcolm Butler and Gilmore on the outside and handled himself well.

* James O'Shaughnessy made what was perhaps the play of the day, plucking a Tom Brady pass off of the helmet of Bernardrick McKinney. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was as excited by that play as he's been all camp. O'Shaughnessy has missed significant practice time due to injury but was a full participant on Tuesday, seeing passes in fully-padded 11-on-11 work for the first time in a long time. He caught all four balls (three from Garoppolo) thrown his way. 

* Harris had some difficulty keeping up with Texans backs in coverage, allowing Texans quarterbacks to complete all five passes that were sent in his direction. 

* After a quiet practice on Tuesday, Brandin Cooks caught five of eight passes from Brady, including a long touchdown on a post route with Texans corner Kevin Johnson in coverage. Cooks did have one drop. 



Cannon beat Watt

Mercilus beat Fleming

Thuney beat Dunn

McDermott beat Scarlett

Hatley beat Karras

Ferentz beat Ankou

Pratt beat Cannon on speed to power

Andrews beat Hatley

Ankou beat King

Fleming got the edge on Lee

McDermott got the best of Tony Washington

Mercilus breezed past Croston


11-ON-11 NOTES


* Rivers sacks Savage. Patriots sideline into it. 

* Miller run. 

* Miller run. 

* Savage incomplete to Ellington. Gilmore in coverage. PI on Gilmore. 


* Watson complete to Stephen Anderson. 

* Foreman run. 

* Watson run. Ealy pressured him out of the pocket. 

* Foreman run. Ealy blown out of the play. 


* Savage complete to Blue with Harris in coverage. 



* Burkhead run. 

* Burkhead run. 

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Lewis run. 

* Brady sacked by Mercilus working on Fleming. 

* Brady complete to Hogan. Mercilus hammers Lewis, who was chipping to help Fleming. 


* Bolden run. 

* Garoppolo complete to O'Shaughnessy. 

* Bolden run. 



* Savage complete to Prosch. 

* Miller run. Edge set by Van Noy. 

* Savage incomplete to Ellington with Rowe in coverage. Ellington drop.

* Punt. Cyrus Jones returns. Double-caught it. 


* Savage hands to Miller. 

* Savage would have been sacked by Harris. Brown blows up screen.


* Watson incomplete to Blue over the middle. 

* Foreman run. Stuffed by Branch. 

* Watson complete to Griffin with Ebner in coverage. Ball bobbled.

* Watson incomplete over the middle. Ealy hurt.



* Brady complete to Cooks.

* Brady incomplete to Cooks. Cooks drop. 

* Brady complete to Cooks on the sideline. Perfect throw and catch.

* Punt.  


* Lewis run.

* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Brady complete to White on screen. 


* Lewis run. 

* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 

* Garoppolo complete to Gronkowski. 

* Allen shanks a punt. 



* Adam Butler sack. 

* Miller run. 

* Savage complete to Ellington. Rowe gets to him before any gain. 

* Punt.


* Savage incmoplete over the middle. Bates there in coverage. Well played.

* Savage complete to Anderson with Richards in coverage. 


* Watson complete to Strong over the middle. Van Noy flushes him from pocket.

* Punt. 

* Watson sacked by Bates. 

* Watson complete to Anderson. 

* Watson incomplete to Allen. Allen drop. Well-placed pass. 



* Brady complete to O'Shaughnessy. 

* Bolden run. 

* Brady complete to Edelman. 

* Punt. 


* Brady sacked by Mercilus, who was working on Fleming. 

* Bolden run. 

* Brady incomplete for Amendola. Cunningham PBU. 


* Garoppolo complete to Allen on roll-out. 

* Bolden run. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Mitchell. PBU Moore. Nearly picked. 

* Punt.



* Miller run. Ealy's back. 

* Blue run. Guy there to make the stop. 

* Blue run. 

* Savage complete to Foreman. Roberts in coverage, looked like he missed an assignment. 

* Roberts strips Ervin, Rowe recovers for score.


* Watson incomplete. Langi pressure. 

* Watson complete to Griffin. Harmon there in coverage, but was boxed out.

* Foreman run. Patriots emphasizing strips all practice. Got him on a late one.

* Watson complete to Ervin with Harris in coverage. Eludes Butler pressure.



* Brady complete to Cooks on post for a touchdown. Beat Kevin Johnson.

* Burkhead run. 

* Brady incomplete to Gronkowski. Gilchrist PBU. Brady grabs his helmet in shame.

* Brady complete to Burkhead. 

* Burkhead run. 

* Mercilus offsides.

* White run. 


* Burkhead run. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. 

* Garoppolo sacked by Kamalu. Pass incomplete to Carr. 



* Savage complete to Griffin with Chung in coverage. 

* Savage complete to Miller with Harris in coverage. 

* Savage incomplete for Griffin with Chung in coverage. 

* Savage complete to Miller with Harris in coverage.

* Savage incomplete to Griffin with McCourty in coverage. 

* Savage complete to Strong for a touchdown with Butler in coverage. Butler stumbled as the pass approached. 



* Brady incomplete for Edelman. 

* Brady complete to Hogan on a post for a touchdown. Cunningham beat in coverage. Watt got a lot of attention. Cannon, Mason, Andrews all got a shot in. 

* Brady complete to Cooks. 

* Brady incomplete out of the back of the end zone. 

* Brady complete to White for a touchdown. Fleming put Mercilus on the ground. After the play Edelman got mixed up with Gilchrist and Hal. Lots of chatter.



* Watson complete to Hardee. 

* Watson incomplete to McCarron. Perfect pass. Jonathan Jones PBU. 

* Watson sacked by Ealy off the right side. 

* Watson incomplete to Williams. Ealy pressure. 

* Watson incomplete on Hail Mary. Coleman PBU. Ealy good effort. 



* Garoppolo complete to Carr. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. Overthrown. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Amendola. Amendola drop. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Mitchell. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Carr. Overthrown. 


* Brissett finished his run at the end of practice 3-for-7. 




* Savage complete to Ervin with Rowe in coverage.

* Savage incomplete to Anderson. Butler PBU. 

* Savage complete to Ervin with Harris in coverage. 


* Watson complete to Griffin with Ebner in coverage.

* Watson complete to Jaelen Strong in the back corner of the end zone on Cyrus Jones. Perfectly-thrown pass. 

* Coverage sack. Play blown dead.


* Weeden complete to Anderson. 

* Weeden tuck and run. 

* Weeden complete to Anderson with J. Jones in coverage. 



* Brady incomplete to Cooks out of the end zone. Overthrown. 

* Brady incomplete to Cooks. Joseph PBU. 

* Brady incomplete to Edelman. Edelman drop. 

* Brady complete to Cooks over the middle. 

* Brady incomplete to Burkhead. Pass broken up. 


* Garoppolo complete to O'Shaughnessy. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Mitchell. Roberson PBU. 

* Garoppolo complete to O'Shaughnessy. 

Postcard from Camp Day 12: Patriots, Jaguars work end-of-game situations


Postcard from Camp Day 12: Patriots, Jaguars work end-of-game situations

FOXBORO -- The Patriots and Jaguars met for a joint walkthrough on Wednesday before Thursday's preseason opener at Gillette Stadium. The focus seemed to be end-of-game work with both teams focusing on two-minute offense, Hail Mary plays and onside kicks. 

Players wore shells and shorts, and the vast majority of Patriots were on the field for the session. The only players not spotted were Matthew Slater, Matt Lengel, Shea McClellin and Eric Rowe. 

Nate Solder, Jacob Hollister, David Jones, James O'Shaughnessy, Mike Gillislee and Devin Lucien headed for the lower field soon after the workout began. Tony Garcia also made his way to the lower field later in the session. 

Roaming the fields with Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch -- both of whom are still on PUP -- was former Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Following the practice Wilfork will announce his retirement.

During the walkthrough rookie defensive linemen Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers and Adam Butler were among the first players to take the field, along with six defensive backs. Butler continues to get work as a pass-rushing defensive tackle. He's shown good quickness in both one-on-ones and team periods in camp thus far.

At the end of the session, Tom Brady spent several minutes chatting with team chaplain Jack Easterby and director of football research Ernie Adams. 

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


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 . . . 



* 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.



* 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. 



* 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. 



* 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. 




* 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. 



* 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. 



* 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. 



* 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. 



* 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. 



* 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. 



* Fournette stuffed by Roberts, Flowers and Harris. 

* Yeldon gets in despite Guy's late charge. 

* Yeldon in.

* Fournette gets in. Big collision with Freeny. 



* Bolden stuffed by Malik Jackson. 

* Brady incomplete to Lengel. 

* Burkhead stuffed. 

* Burkhead in. 



* Bortles complete to Yeldon. 

* Bortles incomplete. Adam Butler pressure. 

* Bortles incomplete. 

* Bortles complete to Lee with Gilmore in coverage. 



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

* Brady complete to Gronkowski. 


* Henne complete to Benn. 

* Henne incomplete. 

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



* 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. 



* 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.