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Tuesday Patriots training camp report: Strange summer continues

Ryan Hannable
August 07, 2018 - 1:13 pm
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held their 10th training camp practice of the summer Tuesday morning on one of the hottest days to this point.

It was more active than the previous two sessions, but still nothing like we're used to seeing from a Bill Belichick team.

Who didn't practice: Marcus Cannon, Sony Michel, Jason King, Harvey Langi

Who returned: Jonathan Jones (off PUP), Cyrus Jones (off PUP), Nate Ebner (off PUP), Marquis Flowers (missed Saturday due to birth of child)

Who was injured during session: Brian Schwenke (heat-related)

Play of the day: Riley McCarron had a nice grab on a Tom Brady deep pass up the sideline.

Here are a few more observations from the session.

-- Both Jones' and Ebner appear to be off PUP as all three participated in special teams drills before going to the lower fields for conditioning roughly midway through. Cannon and Michel were once again absent and Cannon's situation is getting a little concerning as it was reportedly a minor injury.

-- Wide receiver Kenny Britt and defensive end Trey Flowers were both limited. Britt has a ton of energy when he's on the field, but he's yet to finish a session. After a little work in individual drills, Flowers worked out on his own and then left for the lower field. He hasn't looked himself to this point in camp.

-- The heat was a big deal as it seemed to impact several players. 

-- Once again it was a light work day for Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Danny Etling actually the most reps. 

-- Etling and the rest of the third-teamers essentially scrimmaged for the last portion of practice with the coaching staff semi-simulating a game. It was an up-and-down day for Etling with more bad than good, but he did make a few nice throws, which was good to see as he's struggled to this point in camp. Brian Hoyer mixed in, as did a lot of the first stringers. There was a lot of mixing the 1's and 2's in a run-heavy session with Brady, Edelman and Gronkowski not participating. Sort of strange to see.

-- The entire offense, including Josh McDaniels and Dante Scarnecchia, had to run a lap with Etling at quarterback.

-- This is pretty much three straight practices where Brady essentially has had the day off, which is very unusual. It's hard to say what it means, but it's certainly worth noting. Belichick noted before practice with no joint practices there's less urgency to put in plays and the team can be more diligent and take their time with installation.

-- As has been the case all summer, there wasn't all that much intensity. That usually comes when the first-team offense is going at the first-team defense in 11-on-11 work and we just haven't seen much of that to this point.

-- In 7-on-7 work, on a Brady throw intended for Gronkowski, safety Damarius Travis collided with the tight end mid-air. He landed face-first on the ground, was a little slow to get up, but it didn't limit him the rest of the session.

-- In linemen 1-on-1 work, Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason had good days, as did Adrian Clayborn. Vincent Valentine has shown up the past few sessions, which is a good sign because he appears to be on the bubble.

-- Eric Decker is working his way into the offense, slowly picking up things and doing more and more each day.

-- While Etling saw extended work, Brady and Gronkowski went to the other field and worked alone.

-- There were several guests on hand, including Willie McGinest, Al Groh and Pat Hill.

-- The Patriots will practice Wednesday afternoon, which is interesting since typically there's no media access the day before a game and it is just a walkthrough.

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