Patriots training camp observations, Day 2: Tom Brady's absence felt in a big way

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2019 - 12:37 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots held their second training camp session of the summer Friday morning on the upper grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session was held in shorts and shells, but that will change Saturday when the pads go on.

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It wasn't the prettiest of sessions with many sloppy periods, including Bill Belichick making the entire offense run a lap and then gathering the entire team for a pep talk.

Absent: David Andrews, Michael Bennett, Cole Croston (PUP) and Yodny Cajuste (NFI)

Present, but not participating: Sony Michel (PUP), Nate Ebner (PUP), Demaryius Thomas (PUP), Ken Webster (PUP), Julian Edelman (NFI), Tom Brady

Red non-contact jersey: Patrick Chung

Here are some quick observations from the session.

-- Deatrich Wise Jr. returned, but didn't really do much of anything. This likely means he's off PUP, but we'll know for sure later.

-- The story of the day was Brady not taking part in the session. He came out with Edelman and Thomas a few minutes into the session and wasn't wearing a helmet or pads -- he was only carrying a big water bottle. The quarterback then just observed the majority of the session, although he did do some light throwing and helped the equipment staff out during QB drills. It didn't seem like he was injured by any means, and if he was, it wouldn't make any sense for him to be out there doing what he did at all.

-- Some of the team periods were dreadful with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham at quarterback. There were far too many interceptions and a vast majority of the completions were checkdowns. Overall, Hoyer has been very inaccurate, while Stidham seems to have trouble reading the coverages and is holding onto the ball too long. Stidham did have a nice touchdown connection to James White in the corner of the endzone at the end of the practice.

-- In one of the final 11-on-11 drills, N'Keal Harry appeared to line up in the wrong spot on two straight plays and Belichick made the entire offense, including Brady and the coaches, take a lap. Then all 90 players gathered around Belichick, who spoke for several minutes.

-- It was a very, very sloppy practice and Brady's value couldn't have been more apparent.

-- Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was out there once again, but did not compete in any team drills and departed to the lower fields midway through for conditioning work. Joe Thuney saw extensive time at left tackle, as did Dan Skipper. Wynn's availibility for Week 1 should not be viewed as certain at this point.

-- Rookie defensive tackle Byron Cowart left about 3/4 of the way through the session with an apparent knee injury.

-- The kickers and punters saw a lot of work in the session. Jake Bailey showed off his massive leg, but was very inconsistent. It seemed every time he boomed one, he would follow it up with a shank. Meanwhile, Ryan Allen had a decent day. Stephen Gostkowski got some field goal work and was pretty inconsistent.

-- Players returning punts were: Harry, Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olszewski

-- Jerod Mayo continued to call the defensive plays.

-- Saturday morning's session should be much better with the pads going on.