Here are five observations from Friday's practice sessions. The ESPN caravan was at Gillette Stadium, with Adam Schefter on hand to observe the Patriots Training Camp. Check out the links below for more.
- RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has seen limited reps during 11-on-11 work so far in training camp and would appear to be as much on the roster bubble as any other player in camp. With that in mind, the team seemed to feature Green-Ellis more in Friday afternoon’s practice. Look for him to receive a majority of the carries in next week’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, giving him a chance to prove he is worth a roster spot again this season.
- Randy Moss, to no one’s surprise, looks in mid-season form on the practice fields. The veteran wide receiver snagged a touchdown pass from Hoyer as previously mentioned, and also made a difficult sideline catch over two defensive backs – Sergio Brown and Darius Butler – look effortless. Even without Tom Brady seeing much practice time, Moss had a productive practice with Hoyer at quarterback.
- The best play of the drill came from Receiver Rod Owens, who downright embarrassed second-year cornerback Darius Butler. Owens took a step toward the middle of the endzone, and Butler totally took the bait, making for an easy catch once Owens changed course for the outside. Butler made up for any shame caused by breaking up a pass from Brian Hoyer that was destined for the hands of Randy Moss.
- The catch of the day happened during 11-on-11 drills, when Brandon Tate made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to reel in a pass deep along the sidelines from Hoyer. Though Tate landed out of bounds and the play would have been ruled an incompletion in a game, there was quite the celebration from players and fans alike.
- Aaron Hernandez and Patrick Chung challenged each other during a similar drill as Chung broke up a pass intended for Hernandez. The two appeared to stare each other down after the play. The two didn't have a chance to go at it again, but Chung seemed disappointed the drill was over as he smacked his hands together when the whistle sounded.
Mike Reiss ESPNBoston
Danny Picard Comcast SportsNet.
Ian Rapoport Boston Herald.
Monique Walker Boston Globe.
DJ Bean WEEI.