Postcard From Camp, Day 10: Edelman turns in play of the day
FOXBORO -- After two practices focused on scrimmaging, Patriots training camp practice No. 10 had a slightly more laid-back feel. Players wore shells and shorts one day before the New Orleans Saints come to town for two joint practices and a preseason game -- the first for both teams -- on Thursday.
* Not spotted at Monday's practice were Danny Amendola, Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis -- all of whom remain on the physically unable to perform list. Guard Jonathan Cooper and undrafted rookie tight end Bryce Williams also were not present.
* A couple of jersey updates: Duron Harmon has shed the red non-contact jersey, signaling he's ready for more contact; linebacker Jonathan Freeny, meanwhile, wore a red non-contact jersey for the first time on Monday; Logan Ryan and Chris Hogan (as well as all three quarterbacks) continue to wear red jerseys.
* Tre' Jackson (on PUP) was present for the session but was not wearing shells or a helmet. He went to a lower field for conditioning -- along with DJ Foster and Donald Brown -- soon after practice began.
* Bryan Stork returned to practice after dealing with a reported concussion.
* Julian Edelman was back on the field for his second straight day of practice. He looked comfortable cutting off either foot. He also got some work in returning punts alongside Cyrus Jones, V'Angelo Bentley and Chris Harper.
* During a punt period, Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett ran a side session with Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett and Clay Harbor. The brief session appeared to focus on Brissett making pre-snap reads and making calls at the line of scrimmage. Another side session focused on Brady and Garoppolo making roll-out throws to a stationary target. In another side session, Brady worked with Bennett and Harbor while Gronkowski was busy with the "hands" team.
* Josh Kline took right guard snaps with the first group of offensive linemen. Those snaps went to rookie Ted Karras and Shaq Mason on Sunday.
* Alan Branch walked off the field with trainer Jim Whalen during one 11-on-11 period. He remained at practice.
* Part of the practice was spent working on recovering onside kicks. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Logan Ryan were among those on the "hands" team.
* About an hour-and-a-half into the practice, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft arrived at practice.
* After the session, the Patriots defense went to the hills behind the practice fields for some conditioning.
* Tom Brady was 13-for-20 in 11-on-11 work, not including two spikes he had to kill the clock in a hurry-up period. Brady worked primarily behind the first offensive line group. His completions went to Chris Harper (3), James White (3), Rob Gronkowski (2), Julian Edelman (2), Brandon Bolden, AJ Derby and Chris Hogan. White did record a drop on a deep pass that Brady tried to drop into an open space before safety Patrick Chung could arrive to break it up.
* Hogan's reception from Brady came during the the hurry-up period. It was one of the most difficult catches of the day as he reeled in the pass one-handed as his momentum carried him out of bounds.
* The play that topped Hogan's as the best of the day came courtesy of Edelman, who made a leaping grab in the back corner of the end zone and tapped his toes inside the boundary for a touchdown to finish off a hurry-up drive. Justin Coleman was in coverage. When Edelman bounced back to his feet, he trash talked every defensive player and staffer in sight, including safeties coach Steve Belichick, linebackers coach Brian Flores, Coleman and Logan Ryan (who wasn't on the field for the play). Edelman also bumped corners coach Josh Boyer as he yapped in Boyer's ear. As a full participant on Monday, Edelman was a full go. He looked like himself, both from an athletic and a competitve standpoint.
* Garoppolo went 14-for-21 in the 11-on-11 periods of practice, not including one spike during a hurry-up drill to kill the clock. He was intercepted by rookie sixth-round pick, and his former college teammate, Kamu Grugier-Hill late in the practice. One one of Garoppolo's completions, it seemed as though he would have been sacked due to the length of time onto which he held the football behind the line of scrimmage.
* Linebacker Jamie Collins swatted a pass down for the second straight practice, disengaging from a White block in order to get one of his mitts on a Brady throw. Undrafted rookie corner Jonathan Jones also recorded a pass breakup on a Garoppolo pass intended for Nate Washington.