Friday, August 17, 2012
Brady, Gronk, Lloyd work on the side
By Mike Reiss & Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the notable aspects of Friday's training camp practice was quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Brandon Lloyd working alone on one field while the rest of the team worked 11-on-11 drills on the other.
With the Patriots focusing on game preparations for Monday night's contest against the Eagles, this could be an indication that Brady, Gronkowski and Lloyd will be among a group of players who won't see much action, if at all.
Furthermore, receiver Wes Welker left practice early, but it was unclear why that was the case. He didn't appear to be injured.
Also, there was a highlight at the end of practice as first-round draft choice Chandler Jones caught a punt from Zoltan Mesko. The team went wild after Jones made the catch.
Bill Belichick had sometimes closed training camp with that type of challenge, as it is viewed as a good team-building exercise. Everyone rallied around Jones, the entire team coming together.
Jones caught the ball over his head, and fell to the ground to maintain possession. He was about 50 yards away from Mesko, at the goal-line.
A couple of other notes:
1. Running back Stevan Ridley and safety Tavon Wilson, who were injured Thursday, were not present for this workout. Receiver Jabar Gaffney, who pulled Wednesday, was also not present.
2. Safety Nate Ebner had two interceptions on tipped passes.
3. In his one rep on a team drill, Brady connected with Lloyd in the back of the end zone, with Lloyd making a one-handed catch. It was the play of the day.
4. On the injury front, reserve defensive back Malcolm Williams and reserve running back Eric Kettani returned to practice.
5. Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law was present for practice.
More observations to come from this scaled-back session.