Monday, July 29, 2013
Wake-up call: Practice at night
By Mike Reiss
(Every day of training camp, we'll have a wake-up call that previews the day ahead.)
approx. 3:45 p.m. -- Patriots positional coaches availability
3:45 p.m. -- Tom Brady & Vince Wilfork availability (on Tedy Bruschi)
5-6:30 p.m. -- Patriots Hall of Fame inductions (Tedy Bruschi & Gil Santos)
6:30-9 p.m. -- Practice No. 4 of camp (in stadium)
9 p.m. -- Player interviews
Tonight's practice is for season-ticket holders, Foxborough and South Walpole residents. It is a ticketed event.
The main thing at this point for players is getting used to contact. Sunday was the first full-pads practice and tonight's practice should be as well.
Through three days of camp, if there is one storyline that stands out among the others, it is how much work rookie receivers Aaron Dobson (second round) and Kenbrell Thompkins (undrafted) are getting with quarterback Tom Brady. With such turnover at the receiver position, the Patriots could be relying more on youth this season than any time in recent memory.
Dobson, Thompkins and Josh Boyce (fourth round) have seemingly handled all that has been thrown at them at this point.
Of the 12 receivers on the roster, six are rookies. That's out of the norm for a Bill Belichick-coached team.
"It's a young group and I think there's some talent in that group," Belichick said Sunday on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "They all come from different backgrounds and they're coming into a system here that is not really familiar to anything they've done. So they have some new learning and adjustments to make. Tom's worked very hard with the group and Ryan [Mallett] has as well. I think it's just going to take some time to see how it all works together, individually and then collectively as a group."