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Friday Patriots training camp report: Tom Brady not as sharp as on Day 1

Ryan Hannable
July 27, 2018 - 12:45 pm

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their second training camp practice of the summer on the upper grass fields behind Gillette Stadium Friday morning. The players did not wear pads (they will go on Saturday) and the two-hour session was held under sunny, warm conditions.

Much like Thursday, there wasn't much action given the session wasn't held in pads. This will all change come Saturday morning.

Who didn’t practice: Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Jones (PUP), Cyrus Jones (PUP), Nate Ebner (PUP), Kenny Britt (PUP), Matthew Slater (PUP), Darren Andrews (NFI)

Who returned: Brandon Bolden 

Who was injured during session: Marcus Cannon (unknown)

Play of the day: Brian Hoyer threw a perfect pass to Julian Edelman in the corner of the end zone on a wheel route early in the session.

Here are more observations from the session.

-- The biggest news was Mitchell making an appearance. While he didn't participate in the session, the fact he came onto the field and went to the lower field to rehab is a positive sign and perhaps the Patriots want to give him one last chance to stick around. The reported procedure he had Monday was to help with the pain he's been experiencing.

-- Cannon left the session about midday through with an unknown injury. It's possible it was heat related as he seemed to be walking fine and several other players, including Jordan Matthews, appeared to be battling the heat during the session. LaAdrian Waddle took his place on the offensive line.

-- Tom Brady wasn't as sharp as he was on Thursday. The quarterback completed roughly 50 percent of his passes on 11-on-11 work and some were way off by his standards. On one out route the ball landed several yards out of bounds on a pass intended for Jordan Matthews. While he was the victim of one or two drops, by in large it wasn't the greatest day for the quarterback. This isn't cause for panic or anything, just noting Brady was below average on Friday.

-- While Hoyer had the best throw of the day on his touchdown to Edelman, he also made several poor throws as well. It's hard to make any big judgments based on two days in no pads, but if rookie Danny Etling impresses, there's a chance Hoyer does not make the roster.

-- Stephon Gilmore had a great pass break up in the end zone on a Brady pass intended for Edelman.

-- Jason McCourty had a strong day breaking up a few passes.

-- In work off to the side, Chris Hogan, James White, Phillip Dorsett and Rob Gronkowski were with Brady.

-- As for Gronkowski, it was an uneventful day for him, but that's not to be taken as a bad thing.

-- Kyle Van Noy has stood out on defense in pass coverage, knocking down several passes the last few days.

-- Cordarrelle Patterson made an impact as a receiver on Friday, making one acrobatic catch in the end zone at one point. Once thought as just a returner, he could make an impact at receiver.

-- While Thursday saw a lot of kick return work, Friday saw a good amount of punt return work. Edelman, Hogan, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios all saw some time returning punts.

-- Special guests included former wide receiver Tiquan Underwood and former long snapper Lonnie Paxton. Brady acknowledged him at one point during the session.

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