Saturday, July 27, 2013
Heat returns to practice; Dobson rises
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Traditional late July heat returned for the second day of Patriots training camp, as the team embarked on its second on-field workout on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium on Saturday morning.
The team once again worked in helmets and T-shirts, as the NFL's collective bargaining agreement prohibits full-pads practices until the third day of on-field work. Head coach Bill Belichick reiterated in pre-practice remarks that the team will work in full pads on Sunday.
Defensive linemen Armond Armstead (non-football injury list) and Corey Grissom (unknown) were the only players not spotted at practice.
Defensive back Devin McCourty (offseason shoulder surgery) was the lone non-quarterback to wear a red (no-contact) jersey.
A crowd that appeared to exceed the opening day of camp's roughly 6,900 total packed the stands, offering enthusiasm throughout the two-plus-hour workout.
The warm weather aided the passing game, which got back on track after a slow start on Friday. Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson and Kamar Aiken both had good days, making impressive catches down the field. Defensively, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard made multiple pass break-ups.