Rob Ninkovich sees huge value in getting a 'jump-start on things' at the informal workouts. Chad Henne disagrees.
* Overall impression of workout: Impressed with level of organization. Looked like an organized team activity. One example is seeing Tom Brady run the hurry-up offense. Saw 11 on 11 work, 7 on 7 work.
* Had the thought that this helps keep players' minds sharp. Call a play, line up correctly, etc. Tom Brady actually lined up at WR at one point.
* Patriots huddle up at the end of the workout. "1-2-3 team" as they break for second day of Brady-led workouts. Finishing up with stretching and jogging.
* Kevin Faulk, a free agent, went through the workout. Looks to be recovering well from ACL surgery.
* Saw a Ryan Mallett-to-Matthew Slater bomb -- 65 yards.
"We’re running around, and we’re doing some basic stuff, but it feels good because we’re together," he said after Day 2 of the three-day schedule. "Everyone is out there having fun. We’re just waiting for all this stuff to be over with, and we’ll be back, hopefully soon."
The pace of the workout looked was similar to an organized team activity, with Ninkovich explaining, "You don’t want anyone to get hurt, so you just have to shadow people, no contact, and just be smart about it. You can’t be running around hitting people."
Ninkovich, who has spent the offseason in Massachusetts working out with Jerod Mayo and about 10 other players, was asked his opinion on the primary benefits of the workouts.
"It’s huge for us to just come together," he said. "Whenever this lockout is over with, if you don’t get together, that’s months of not being with your teammates. So it’s good to just kind of get a little jump-start on some things, especially for the younger guys it’s going to help them."
With more than 40 players in attendance, Ninkovich believes that reflects a tight-knit club.
"It means that we hold that team camaraderie and getting ready for the next season, we value that highly," he said. "Everybody is trying to get better. Last year, we didn't end it the way we wanted to, so this year we have to start all over again and get back to where we were."
Christopher Price tweeted this nugget yesterday, demonstrating Tom Brady is indeed running the show:
So Hoyer stopped to talk to us, got 10 seconds in. Brady strolls by and says, "C'mon Hoyer, no interviews." Hoyer: "Sorry--bye guys." DONE.
- AP Report: Brady back for more, heads Patriots' heavily attended practice.
- PFW in Progress - 6/02/11: The PFW crew discusses the Patriots' workouts at BC, owners meetings in Chicago, and more. (2 hour program)
- Christopher Price offers a few general notes from the second day of Patriots player-only workouts.
- Greg A. Bedard runs down the Patriots second day of informal workouts at BC. The players agree there's definite value to them, even without coaches.
- Ian Rapoport offers a few snapshots from the Patriots workout. Best line was from Wes Welker to the media, "Oh, you found us."
- Christopher Price notes the Patriots were back at it with another players-only practice yesterday... and loving it.
- Ian Rapoport recaps a bit of what he could see of the Pats second day of light practice.
- Mike Reiss catches up with Kevin Faulk briefly after he took part in the Tom Brady-led workouts Thursday at Boston College.
- Mike Reiss posts a poll that considers Kevin Faulk's future with the Patriots.
- Tom E. Curran reports Mike Wright, coming off serious post-concussion issues, is glad to be back as the Pats roll through another session at BC.
- Mike Reiss reports Taylor Price is eager to get on the field with Pats after 'red-shirt year.'
- Jeff Howe says the purpose of the workouts, mainly, has been to get the players back together on the field.
- ESPNBoston posts a long-distance photo of Day 2 of the Patriots players-only workout at BC.
- Ian Rapoport posts a pic of Tom Brady throwing at BC.
- Greg Bedard provides some thoughts on the state of the Patriots and reacts to a few comments made in Jets coach Rex Ryan's new book. (3.17 min. video)
- Greg A. Bedard reports the lawyer-less talks offer hope on the labor front. They could be a very significant step toward an agreement.
- Tom E. Curran talks about the confidential meetings between the NFL owners and players. (1.26 min. video)
- Mike Reiss provides the transcript of his weekly online chat. Terrific insight here as usual.
- Mike Reiss asks if a Bruins Championship would be as big in Boston as the Patriots' 2002 Super Bowl victory? (1 min. video)
- Ian Rapoport notes former Patriots coach Bill Parcells offers some advice on how to handle the lockout.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Mel Kiper identifies AFC East shortcomings.
- PFW Staff: (Pro Football Weekly) Insider: Patriots targeting veteran wideout?
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Data shows Sanchez no better than Henne.
- Jeffri Chadiha (ESPN) With limited preparation, rookies will be hard-pressed to make an impact in 2011.
- Rookies lose valuable learning tool; NFL Mailbag. (ESPN)
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) NFL doesn't have to worry about losing fans.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Bill Parcells sees lockout turning bloody.
- Michael McCann (SI) What to expect at the NFL hearing.
- Andrew Brandt (ESPN) Owners, players at critical juncture: Friday's court proceedings will be intense and perhaps even productive; here's a primer.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) NFL, union will square off in St. Louis.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL legal fight centers on St. Louis today.
- Dennis Dillon (Sporting News) NFL owners have upper hand heading into Friday's hearing in St. Louis.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Keeping the lawyers out will be key to progress.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Litigation best way to counter owners.
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) Football's Day in Court has arrived.
- Peter King (SI) The NFL and its players will be back in court arguing their points Friday at a hearing in St. Louis. King expects the owners will win. (3 min. video)
- Brad Biggs (Chicago Tribune) After secret NFL labor meetings, Jerry Jones says both sides are 'trying'.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Miles left to travel, but real progress made in NFL talks.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Report: Mediator brought sides together.
- AP Report (Fox Sports) NFL owners, players end secret meeting.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) League, NFLPA issue joint statement on not-so-secret talks.
- Brian Billick (Fox Sports) NFL commish takes majority of blame.
- Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Not so dumb after all?
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Celek's opinions may indicate a need for NFLPA to negotiate.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Next week's mediation session has been canceled.