New England Patriots Links 8/06/12 - Camp Wars: Jones vs. Solder

Chandler Jones is terrific to watch at camp, especially when matched up against Nate Solder.

Andy Hart points out what stood out at yesterday's practice.

–Much has been made of the Solder vs. Jones matchups in one-on-one pass rush drills during camp. They went at it again on Sunday. One rep in particular they seemed to fight for a draw. Jones tried to bull rush Solder and did push him back and bend him over some. But Solder was able to hold his own to some degree. Solder clearly needs to continue to get stronger, as those power moves could be a problem for him. On the other side, Jones continues to show that he has a variety of skills to turn to for his pass rush moves. Both guys are going to be fun to watch develop on the edge of their respective fronts. And if everything goes as the front office plans/hopes, the consecutive first-round picks might someday have similar practice field wars on a practice field in Hawaii in February.

–Always a possibility to knock someone on his butt, Spikes shot and inside gap on a run play in team action. He put a shoulder on Dan Koppen and knocked the veteran center right on his can. It’s not just ball carriers that have to be on their toes with Spikes around, he knocks plenty of lineman to the turf as well. He’s clearly at his best when his moving forward at the line of scrimmage.

Ras-I Dowling made a nice interception on a deep ball down the left sideline as Brian Hoyer tried to his Matthew Slater. Will Allen was also helping out in coverage on the play. Hoyer’s throw seemed to be a bit late and also got hung up in the air. –During a goal line segment for the offense Ridley followed the blocks of Eric Kettani for a pair of touchdown runs off tackle.

–Wilson continues to have a solid rookie training camp as a surprise second-round pick. He’s getting more reps by the day and doesn’t seem to be having any trouble keeping up with the defensive schemes and coverages that have been thrown his way. I haven’t seen him make a lot of plays, but I haven’t seen him give up too many either.

–Sunday’s open field tackling drill was "live," meaning defenders could bring the ball carrier all the way to the ground by just about any means necessary. Mayo just got Aaron Hernandez to the turf by wrapping up the tight end’s ankles as he was about to get by him. Bobby Carpenter whiffed on Vereen. Maybe the biggest stunner came when Hernandez broke Hightower off at the knees and got by the rookie with ease. Julian Edelman had just about as easy a time making Josh Barrett look silly with a fake. Carpenter whiffed again later on Brandon Bolden.

–Bolden continues to show impressive hands, making a nice jumping, twisting adjustment for a catch come out of the backfield to the right late in practice.

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