FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the third and final time, the media was allowed access to a Patriots OTA on Thursday, taking in the sights on another warm day on the practice fields of Gillette Stadium.
Here’s an overview of the schedule of the roughly one hour and 45 minute session (observations to come):
10:45 a.m.: Warmups as a team.
10:55 a.m.: Continued warmups, with players broken up into their respective positions.
10:58 a.m.: The skill players (QB, RB, WR, TE, LB, DB) worked on ball security in a drill spanning the width of the field, working in pairs. The offensive and defensive line continued their warm-ups on their own.
11:02 a.m.: Individual position group work (i.e. footwork for the offensive line).
11:11 a.m.: The offense came together for a period of going through running plays, with reserve players taking on hand shields to give a scout look. The secondary worked on pattern recognition, while the front seven focused on run fits.
11:20 a.m.: Special teams period one, with an emphasis on kickoff return.
11:26 a.m.: The offensive skills players worked routes on air, while the defensive skill players focused on pattern reads. The offensive and defensive lines worked separately with their respective coaches.
11:34 a.m.: The skill players worked in two separate groups for 7 on 7, with one group working in the red zone and another in the middle of the field. Many of the players who project to start on defense worked in the red zone group, while many of the projected offensive starters worked in the group in the middle of the field. The offensive and defensive lines worked separately with their respective coaches.
11:40 a.m.: Special teams period two, with an emphasis on kickoff return.
11:45 a.m.: More 7 on 7 work. The offensive and defensive lines worked separately with their respective coaches. During this period, head coach Bill Belichick stepped in on a few occasions and used a bag to throw near his quarterbacks to emulate pressure in the pocket.
11:50 a.m.: 11 on 11 team period work, starting with a handful of plays in the red zone.
11:56 a.m.: Continued 11 on 11 team period work, with an emphasis on no huddle offense.
12:05 p.m.: Continued 11 on 11 team period work, but this time involving huddles and scripted down and distances. The offense was twice forced to run laps for mental lapses, and was at one point brought together for a talking to from Belichick.
12:20 p.m.: Special teams period three, with an emphasis on kickoff return.