Patriots Camp Report: Day 3
July, 26, 2014
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New England Patriots training camp:
- Cornerback Darrelle Revis was the story of the day with two interceptions (both on Tom Brady passes intended for Julian Edelman) and two other pass breakups. Revis' potential impact on the Patriots could be huge and this practice was a reminder of that. Revis said Friday that he's in the best shape of his career and it shows.
- This was the team's first full-pads practice, which gave us a chance to lock in on the offensive and defensive lines in one-on-one rush drills, as well as the tight ends in the running game. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, in his first contact since rupturing his Achilles last September, gave a "yes sir" as he exited the field when asked if the Achilles responded well. There seemed to be an easing-in process for Wilfork in run-game drills, as he is adjusting to having some bodies falling in front of him. He was a full participant in the practice, taking another important step in his recovery.
- The interior of the defensive line was bolstered with veteran Tommy Kelly's return to practice, as he was limited in his participation. Kelly had opened training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list after missing the final 12 games last season with a torn ACL. With 32-year-old Wilfork coming back from the Achilles, and the 33-year-old Kelly hoping to come back from the ACL, the health and management of the Patriots' most experienced tackles is something to monitor as camp progresses.
- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and several other members of the team's rookie class answered questions from reporters after practice. Garoppolo is extremely polished in the interview setting, at one point referencing the name of a reporter who had asked a question earlier in the interview. For someone who has done three in-person interviews with the press since he was drafted, that caught our attention. Garoppolo, who has thrown a few interceptions in practice, said some of the main advice he's received from Brady is to take a "next play" mentality when things don't go as planned.
- Haven't seen too many training camp crowds like this one: 13,819. With 7,822 on Day 1 and 11,012 on Day 2, the Patriots have had 32,653 spectators at their first three days of practice. Think Patriots fans are excited to have football back? The crowd roared when Brady was among those signing autographs after practice, and as it turned out, backup quarterback Ryan Mallett expressed excitement about getting Brady's autograph himself.