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.

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:


Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.

Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.

Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."

The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.

No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.