Patriots training camp observations, Day 3: Session was perfect example of why not to read into things

Ryan Hannable
July 27, 2019 - 12:20 pm

FOXBORO -- Saturday was expected to be a big day with the pads going on for the first time, but the massive number of fans who showed up likely went home a bit disappointed.

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There wasn't much hitting and the session only lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, which is very unusual for the Patriots. In the work that was done on the field during team work was heavily focused on the running game.

While the action was underwhelming, Tom Brady was back fully participating after a maintenance day Friday.

Absent: Byron Cowart, Michael Bennett, Cole Croston (PUP), Yodney Cajuste (NFI)

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

Red non-contact jersey: Patrick Chung

Returned: Brady, Sony Michel, David Andrews

Here are some quick observations.

-- Brady was 0-for-4 in 11-on-11 work, but this was a perfect example of why not to read into numbers during training camp. It's easy to say Brady had a bad day, but the reality was not much work was done and there was a heavy focus on the running game. These numbers should not be viewed as a negative in any way. In those reps, Stephon Gilmore almost picked one off, but there was another deep throw to Phillip Dorsett, that was right on the money, but it was broken up by Jason McCourty and JC Jackson. 

-- Really, not much from any quarterback can be taken from the session given how short it was, but also how much of an emphasis was placed on the running game.

-- Andrews and Michel returned, but didn't do much of anything -- especially in Andrews' case.

-- Once again, Isaiah Wynn was very limited and departed for the lower field to work on conditioning. Joe Thuney took his place at left tackle with Ted Karras and James Ferentz filling in on the interior.

-- Players returning punts included: Chung, Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris and Gunner Olszewski.

-- During special teams work, Brady got some work in with N'Keal Harry and undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers.

-- Maurice Harris once again had a solid day at receiver and Harry had a nice back shoulder grab in the end zone on a Brian Hoyer throw.

-- The linemen did a little 1-on-1 work. The standouts there were: Ferentz and Trent Harris. It was a tough go for Ufomba Kamalu.

-- After the session the team ran the hill, but there many stuck around for some extra work, including Brady with wide receivers. Brady also showed he and Randy Moss still have some chemistry and the pair hooked up on 50-yard passes. Moss was one of many former Patriots on hand, including Rodney Harrison, Rob Ninkovich and Troy Brown (on field coaching).

-- Danny Etling was the last player off the field, as he was still catching passes an hour after the session.

-- NFL Network conducted interviews with Bill Belichick, Brady and Robert Kraft.

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