New England Patriots Links 8/19/09 - Training Camp Wrap; Rex Ryan's Big Mouth

WR Randy Moss (81) hauls in a pass during the afternoon practice session. S Roderick Rogers (43) trails behind.

TRAINING CAMP OBSERVATIONS

Mike Reiss wraps up the afternoon practice noting the presence of newly signed S Roderick Rogers.

Newly-signed safety Roderick Rogers (No. 43) made a nice play to break up a deep pass from Brady to Moss, although the ball appeared to be a little underthrown. He appeared to be jawing with Moss after the play. Moss victimized him later on a deep throw, though.

Christopher Price reports Jonathan Wilhite was no longer wearing the red non-contact jersey, and appeared to be going full speed in drills with the rest of the defensive backs.

One of the best catches of camp came early on this afternoon when Tom Brady found Randy Moss with a laser at the back of the end zone as part of a passing drill. Moss caught the ball with his right hand, making a one-handed backhand grab that you had to see to believe. It was like his glove was covered in Velcro — just stuck his mitt up there and he came down with it. Really impressive stuff.

Andy Hart comments on the spirited session despite the lack of full pads.

Terrence Nunn got a little talking to from coaches after being in the wrong spot on one pass route in group work with the QBs. He seemed to be in the wrong place later on a pass from Andrew Walter as well. Nunn then made up for it with a nice catch on a deep ball from Kevin O’Connell later in the practice. The first-year player is clearly in a battle for his roster/practice squad life. He’s still a PFW favorite but bumbling kickoffs in preseason action and getting yelled at by coaches in non-contact drills isn’t the greatest sign in the world.

Erik Scalavino offers news and notes from the final open practice of the summer.

WR Wes Welker was back on the field after missing several consecutive practices and the first preseason game last Thursday. Punter Chris Hanson also saw his first action in pads since the Eagles game.

Late in practice, while the rest of the team was working on the right field, QB Tom Brady, Moss, Welker, and WR Joey Galloway were on the left field working on pass patterns.

Ian Rapoport notes a reporter asked Patriots coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts on camp ending. "Ending?" he asked like it was crazy.

Practice began with a birthday song for LB Adalius Thomas, who turned 32 today. Belichick has praised Thomas for his leadership and versatility.

Brady wouldn't leave the field until he finished on a good note.  So Galloway lined up wide, ran as hard as he could, and reeled in a Brady pass in the end zone. And then they were done.

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