Shells and Shorts. Because of the new CBA rules, the Patriots aren't allowed to practice in full-pads until the weekend. Therefore, today's practice, although held in front of a loud crowd, had the players donning shells and shorts.
Gronkowski Eased In. The Patriots mixed in some 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work near the end of practice, and tight end Rob Gronkowski was a bystander for those drills. Gronk did sport a knee sleeve and forearm pad. Zuri Berry of Boston.com writes that while Gronkowski did look fast and mostly comfortable, there was some noticeable stiffness by the end of the session.
Kenbrell Thompkins Impresses. Christopher Price of WEEI writes that receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was one player who impressed on day one. In seven-on-seven goal line drills, Thompkins caught a fade for a touchdown from each Tom Brady and Jimmy Garropolo. He was also running with the starters throughout the session.
Roy Finch Practices. Rookie free agent running back Roy Finch was placed on the non-football injury list to begin camp, but has seemingly been activated as he participated in today's practice session, according to multiple reports. Finch, an undersized running back blessed with tremendous speed and quickness, is an intriguing rookie free agent to watch this camp.
Vince Wilfork A Full Participant. Patriots' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon, and appears right on track with his recovery. Wilfork was a full participant in practice, and told reporters "so far, so good" in his recovery after practice.
What's Next: The team is currently scheduled to hold a 9:15 AM practice tomorrow morning. It will be open to the public.