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Monday Patriots Training Camp Report: Tom Brady, offense struggle, but there may have been a reason why

Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2018 - 12:40 pm
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held practice No. 13 of the summer in full pads Monday morning on the upper grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. It was held in cloudy, misty conditions, much different from the heat and humidity from the other sessions.

Overall, the practice continued the trend of being more up-beat than at the beginning of training camp. There was a lot of 11-on-11 reps to be had and players were much more vocal.

Who didn’t practice: Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, Marcus Cannon, Harvey Langi and Matthew Slater

Who returned: None 

Who was injured during session: Duke Dawson (perhaps hamstring), Jeremy Hill (leg)

Play of the day: Braxton Berrios had another diving catch

Here are more observations from the session.

-- In addition to the players not spotted all together, there were several who were limited as they went to the lower fields to work on conditioning. Defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Ryan Lewis and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson went to the lower fields after warmups. This comes after Patterson was a full participant Sunday. Also, Duke Dawson left the practice early and went to the lower field, as well. It looked like a hamstring injury for the rookie corner. Running back Jeremy Hill may have tweaked his right leg in 11-on-11 work, as he held it after one run and did not return.

-- Meanwhile, Kenny Britt still has yet to complete a full practice, as he too went down to the lower field after participating in individual drills. His case is getting a bit curious since he's yet to complete a full practice and the regular season is less than a month away.

-- Overall, it was not a good day of work for Tom Brady and the receivers. There were more than several drops and then a few miscommunications as well. But, it appeared the coaching staff made the football a little wet and that could have played into why there were so many drops. Certainly, they shouldn't be discounted, just keep in mind some may not have occurred under normal circumstances. Players who had drops included Devin Lucien, Rob Gronkowski, James White, Will Tye, Eric Decker, and Paul Turner.

-- At one point Brady got so frustrated with the offensive performance he punted a ball into the stands.

-- Decker had a roller coaster of a practice as he had a ton of drops early on, including working alone with Brady and no defense. The quarterback appeared to give him encouragement at some point and it worked as he rebounded nicely and made some nice catches towards the end of the session in team work.

-- Something to montitor over next few days: Julian Edelman got his leg tangled with Eric Rowe during end of 11-on-11 work and knocked to the ground. He appeared to be favoring his right knee the two following plays. Since it was one of the last reps of the day, it's unclear whether or not he would have returned.

-- Rowe was impressive in 1-on-1s by playing very physical.

-- Jason McCourty saw a lot more reps than we've seen to this point.

-- Deatrich Wise stood out in linemen 1-on-1s, while Joe Thuney and Ted Karras had tough days.

-- Jonathan Jones got some extensive work in 11-on-11s, the most we've seen to this point. He started the summer on PUP.

-- Riley McCarron and Berrios continue not to do enough to stand out. While they've been OK, they need to do more than they have to make the team.

-- Geneo Grissom had a loud day as he was very vocal after some plays.

-- After a Stephon Gilmore interception, Gronkowski jokingly pretended to tackle him as he ran towards the end zone and Gronkowski wasn't in on the play.

-- The team sung Happy Birthday to the McCourty twins after practice.

Related: Add Cordarrelle Patterson, Duke Dawson to injured players

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