Patriots Camp Report: Day 20

August, 12, 2014
Aug 12
10:15
PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New England Patriots training camp:
  • With heavy rain expected on Wednesday, the Patriots have closed their joint practice with the Eagles to the public. The workout is also being moved from the afternoon to the morning.
  • Second-year receiver Aaron Dobson practiced for the second day in a row, and took part in only individual drills. Dobson had surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot on March 10 and said, "I'm progressing well, taking it day-by-day, and we'll see how it goes." Dobson added that he stayed attentive during meetings and feels like he can make up his lost practice time.
  • Safety Devin McCourty said if there was one thing that jumped out at him from practicing against the Eagles, it is running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles and how they are equally effective as rushers and pass-catchers. McCoy and Sproles hurt the Patriots at times in practice, particularly when linebackers were covering them down the field.
  • From a general standpoint, the Eagles' defense provided significantly more resistance than it did in last year's joint practice with the Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady looked frustrated at times.
  • The story of the day was the crowd -- 25,317. Never seen anything like that before for training camp, and neither had some players.
  • Referee John Parry and members of his crew were on hand to brief the Patriots on rule changes and points of emphasis. Quite a few defensive holding penalties were called in the practice, with Darrelle Revis a primary offender.
  • The Patriots made two trades, acquiring defensive tackles Ben Bass and Jerel Worthy, and it's almost as if Bill Belichick is saying he wants to avoid a repeat of 2013 when a run of injuries left the team short at the position.
  • Owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick took the ice bucket challenge as a team after practice, which had players smiling afterwards.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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