Thursday, May 24, 2012
Recapping Thursday's practice itinerary
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots held their third organized team activity of the 2012 offseason on Thursday, and the first in which the media was granted access to view.
The team worked in helmets and grey (defense) and blue (offense) apparel, opting not to wear practice jerseys for the roughly 90 minute session.
A rough overview of the practice schedule is as follows:
10:45 a.m: Stretching and warm-ups as a team.
10:55 a.m.: Continued stretching and warm-ups in individual position groups on offense, while the defense split up into four groups rotating through a variety of drills.
11:00 a.m.: Individual position drills (i.e. quarterbacks throwing, receivers working on sideline catching drills).
11:10 a.m.: The entire offense congregated to walk through a number of plays, with reserve players serving as a scout team front seven. Defensively, the defensive line and linebackers teamed up to work on a drill to simulate inside runs on a far field. The secondary focused on route concepts, with cornerbacks and safeties operating as show-team receivers.
11:25 a.m.: Special teams period, working on the punt unit.
11:32 a.m.: The offensive skill players ran routes; the offensive line worked separately on fundamentals; the defensive back seven worked on more route concepts; and the defensive line worked position-specific drills separately.
11:40 a.m.: 7 on 7. The offense worked against the defense for roughly 10 passing game repetitions, while the lines stayed separate and worked with their respective coaches.
11:48 a.m.: Special teams period, working on the punt unit again.
11:54 a.m.: The offensive skill players worked passing routes without defenders, while the defense worked on more route concepts. Each line worked separately with its coaches.
12 p.m.: More 7 on 7, for roughly 12 passing-game repetitions. Each line worked separately with its coaches.
12:10 p.m.: Team period. The offense faced off against the defense to wrap up the media access portion of the practice.