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.

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan wasn't with the Patriots for long, but in three seasons with the franchise, he experienced about as much as you possibly could for that short a time frame. He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and won two while catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady. 

Hogan signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after he said the Patriots moved on from him, though there are no hard feelings. Now he's working with the talented but inconsistent Cam Newton in Carolina, and has already noticed a key similarity between his new quarterback and Brady, as he told ESPN's David Newton

That competitive nature, it’s there. When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games.

Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.

Newton won the MVP in 2016 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, but lost to Von Miller and that brutal Broncos defense that featured Malik Jackson, Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware just to name a few key contributors.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the Patriots hadn't lost to Denver in that year's AFC Championship game. Super Bowl 50 is the only Super Bowl the Patriots haven't participated in over the last five years. 

Hogan had enough time with Brady to notice what made him great, so if he sees that same competitive fire in Newton, then that has to be a good sign for Panthers fans. We already know Newton has the ability to turn a conference on its head, so there's a possibility we see him and Brady square off in February this coming season You never know. 

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WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

It's Fathers Day, and for most of us who love sports, we've mostly developed that interest through our dad's, and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is no different. 

NFL Films posted a great special on Edelman and his dad Frank and the journey they each went on for the former Kent State quarterback to become the second leading receiver in NFL Playoff history and a three-time Super Bowl champion. 

"I discovered football through my father," Julian said. "My brother played, he was seven years older than me, and my father was coaching him, so I was the kid in diapers running around the practice field and I’ve had a love for it ever since."

The video shows some of Edelman's highlights as a youth football star, donning No. 21 because he thought he was Deion Sanders. However, his opportunities were limited throughout his amateur career due to his size. 

"The thing about Jules is he was really little," Frank said. "He used to come in my room crying in the middle of the night saying, ‘Daddy when am I gonna grow, when am I gonna grow.’ And I said son, don’t worry. 

"He’s fearless, and always had a chip on his shoulder."

As a three-year starting quarterback at Kent State, Edelman threw for 4,997 yards, 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions to go along with 2,483 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. The only interest he drew as a quarterback was in the Canadien Football League, while the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft to be a receiver. 

"I said, ‘Jules you just got picked up by British Columbia,’ and he goes, ‘I ain’t going I’m gonna be a receiver in the NFL," Frank said. 

Edelman only caught one pass for 11 yards in college, so he and his dad worked seven days a week for Edelman to get up to speed on being a successful receiver. His dad's coaching style was similar enough to Edelman's new coach that he called his dad, "Baby Belichick."

From catching punts with one eye covered and a hand behind his back to using running routes on tennis courts, Edelman's methods seemed to work for him. 

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