This voluntary (yeah right) first practice is a chance for everyone to dust off the cobwebs and for the rookies to get their first taste of BB's system. Speaking of Belichick, he views this an important part of the preparation:
"It's a teaching camp," said Belichick. "We try to install a good part of our system and give them a chance to execute it and get familiar with it and hear it called and try to run it, just getting a chance to go through it on the field in a team setting.
Injury riddled for the last couple of years, WR Chad Jackson is ready to hit the field and prove his worth. The departure of Donte Stallworth certainly created an opportunity for him, but he's gotta deliver.
Rookies and recent acquisitions traded catches from Brady with the likes of Mistah Buttah himself, Randy Moss:
He looked as smooth as ever. He makes catching the ball look so easy. It’s funny to watch guys like C.J. Jones, Matthew Slater or even Kelley Washington take one rep and Moss the next. The guy is one of the truly natural wonders of the football world. He’s special.
Rookie Matthew Slater lined up on offense as a WR. You may recall he did double duty as a WR and S during rookie camp. Belichick loves guys like this; he will most likely spend a lot of time on special teams, but it's good to know the kid is versatile.
Sammy Morris is back and looking strong despite missing the last half of the 2007 season with a chest injury. Considered fragile, I hope he can stay healthy; I've always liked him because he seems like a sure and decisive RB. He finds the holes and goes for it rather than bouncing around.
With the departure of Asante Samuel, the CB position is begging for someone to come and take it. The field is crowded with FAs Fernando Bryant, Jason Webster and Lewis Sanders vying for a spot with rookies Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite. It remains to be seen if Asante's shoes can be filled.