Patriots Camp Report: Day 8
July, 31, 2014
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New England Patriots training camp:
- Some fun reactions on Twitter when it was passed along that cornerback Darrelle Revis had a pick-six of Tom Brady in practice, which was one of the plays of the day. Brady said Revis and cornerback Brandon Browner will make a quarterback pay when there is a mistake, and also touched on what it's been like going against a physical defense.
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- Rookie running back James White (fourth round, Wisconsin) continues to get notable repetitions, including on the goal line. Brady was complimentary of White, saying, "He's got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college. He's made a lot of really great plays out here."
- Special-teams captain Matthew Slater practiced for the first time after opening camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. A Pro Bowler in each of the past three seasons, he's being eased back into the mix and didn't participate in full-team drills (focus on punt coverage Thursday). This marks the third time in four practices that the Patriots have had a player come off PUP, with defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and Slater.
- Receiver Danny Amendola was one of the players drawing a large media crowd after practice. He talked about being healthy and how it's nice to be in his second year in the Patriots' system. "I feel comforable. It's different," he said.
- Brady was asked about his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, and touched on how vital he's been in his career. Guerrero is often seen at Gillette Stadium and has worked with other Patriots players as well. "More than anyone could ever realize," Brady answered, when asked how much Guerrero has helped him. "He's been someone I've been very lucky to work with for a long time. He's my best friend, and he's phenomenal at what he does, probably the best in the world. So I'm pretty lucky."
- The Patriots were in full pads for the fifth straight practice, as coach Bill Belichick previously mentioned that this is a grind-it-out time for the team.
- Friday's schedule: Ty Law Patriots Hall of Fame induction at 4:30 p.m. ET (open to public at no charge); In-stadium practice for season-ticket holders and Foxborough residents at 7 p.m.