Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Patriots practice snapshot
By Mike Reiss & Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots held their lone practice of Tuesday in the Dana Farber Fieldhouse due to inclement weather. Players were in shorts and shells for the session for a second straight day.
Longest practice of camp. The Patriots spent close to two-and-a-half hours on the practice field on Tuesday afternoon, making it by far the longest practice of training camp. With only two full practices this week, the team likely wanted to get in a good deal of work before their third preseason game, Thursday against the St. Louis Rams.
Four players not spotted. Wide receiver Julian Edelman highlighted the list of players who missed practice for a second straight session. Edelman was not seen on the practice field, along with safeties Bret Lockett and Josh Barrett, and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur.
LeVoir returns. Offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, who was on the sidelines rehabbing for Monday’s practice, returned to full action on Tuesday. Meanwhile, five players continued their rehab work on the sidelines: tight end Aaron Hernandez, linebackers Eric Alexander and Jermaine Cunningham, and wide receivers Darnell Jenkins and Matthew Slater. It was Slater’s first appearance on the practice field since the Sunday following the team’s first preseason game.
Ojinnaka works mostly at tackle. Offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka, who was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons for an undisclosed draft choice, worked mostly at offensive tackle. On one play during 11 on 11 work, when lined up at right tackle, he blocked inside, allowing Derrick Burgess a free path to the quarterback. After the play, Ojinnaka was seen talking with right guard Stephen Neal about the blocking breakdown, as both players ended up blocking the same player. This seemed to be an example of some early growing pains as Ojinnaka adapts to the Patriots' system.
Guyton, Bodden eased into the mix. With inside linebacker Gary Guyton and cornerback Leigh Bodden returning to practice on Monday, they have not been with the top unit. This could be a pacing-type move, as they may not be ready for extended action, which could mean their action Thursday is limited and in a reserve role.
Defense runs two laps. During two-minute work near the end of practice, the entire defensive unit – including coaches – was forced to run a lap after not lining up properly for a play. When they returned to the line of scrimmage, coach Bill Belichick had all of them run a second lap. When they returned again, the entire unit huddled on the sidelines before resuming practice.