FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At the end of every day of training camp, ESPNBoston.com will post one blog entry highlighting the key news of the day:
Lightening the load. Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave the team a break. Initially scheduled for two practices, Belichick cut it to one and the players weren't even in full pads (shorts and light shoulder pads). Belichick explained that the team has worked hard to this point and had absorbed plenty of contact. He felt it was the best decision for the club.
Roster move on the offensive line. Veteran center/guard Eric Ghiaciuc was signed to a contract, while rookie offensive lineman John Wise was released. Belichick said that the team wanted a bit more experience along the interior of the offensive line with the preseason games coming up. While this roster move is a result of the trickle-down effect of not having Logan Mankins in camp, it would still be a surprise if Ghiaciuc is on the final 53-man roster.
Brandon Spikes "interesting' to coach". Rookie inside linebacker Brandon Spikes' style of play was discussed by Belichick, who called Spikes an interesting player to coach -- someone who sees things that other players don't. Spikes spoke with reporters after practice, and one of the things he touched on was instincts and how he trusts his eyes, reacts and tries to attack. Much was made of Spikes' slow time in the 40-yard dash leading up to the draft, but he seems to play faster than his timed speed and his instincts are a main reason why.
D-line remains short-handed. Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor and Ron Brace remained out of practice, which thinned out the depth along the defensive line. Veterans Gerard Warren and Damione Lewis played the end spots, with Vince Wilfork in the middle. Safety Patrick Chung returned after missing one practice.