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Saturday Patriots training camp report: Deatrich Wise, Duron Harmon standout in first padded practice

Ryan Hannable
July 28, 2018 - 1:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots held their third training camp session and first padded practice of the summer Saturday morning on the grass field behind Gillette Stadium. The session lasted around two hours and was held in warm and humid conditions.

Overall, it wasn't a fast paced session, which was a little surprising given it was the first day in pads.

Who didn’t practice: Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Jones (PUP), Cyrus Jones (PUP), Nate Ebner (PUP), Kenny Britt (PUP, wasn't spotted at all), Matthew Slater (PUP)

Who returned: Marcus Cannon (after leaving early Friday)

Who was injured during session: Trey Flowers (head, apparent cut), Keion Crossen (unknown)

Play of the day: Jordan Matthews had a nice touchdown catch in goal-line work off a deflected pass.

Here are more observations from the session.

-- Like on Friday, Mitchell warmed up with the rest of his teammates, but then went to the lower fields to work with the players rehabbing injuries. After he had a knee procedure Monday, he's still reportedly considered day-to-day.

-- Flowers was injured late in the session. During goal-line work he and Malcom Brown combined to make a tackle and after Flowers removed his helmet, trainers came over an immediately put a towel to his face and he walked towards the facility for treatment. It looked like he may have been cut as the towel appeared to have blood on it. Crossen left early in the session with an unknown injury.

-- For a first practice with pads, there wasn't much intensity. In the past, Tom Brady has set the tone when it comes to the intensity and on Saturday morning there wasn't much to feed off of. It was a run-heavy practice, so there wasn't much for Brady to get excited about, but the session did have a different feel than in past years. The most emotion shown all practice was Brian Hoyer getting animated following touchdown runs in goal-line work.

-- It was another light workload day for Rob Gronkowski, which was likely due to the number of running plays. It will be worth watching he and Brady the next couple of days to see how they react to more pass-heavy days.

-- Rookie Danny Etling got a lot of work early in the session and struggled. He missed a number of easy throws and it was just not a good day for the LSU product.

-- On top of his nice touchdown catch, Matthews also made another terrific grab along the sideline where he fell and managed to keep his feet in play.

-- The best player on the field was defensive end Deatrich Wise. He blew up Jeremy Hill on one of the first running plays of the session, was a standout in 1-on-1s and also had a few pass deflections.

-- Duron Harmon also had a good day with two interceptions. He picked off Brady and Hoyer in the end zone.

-- Sony Michel fumbled in red zone work and needed to run a lap.

-- Former Patriots wide out Tiquan Underwood was on hand once again. He's the wide receivers coach at Lafayette.

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