After the Patriots Hall of Fame ceremony for Willie McGinest and Houston Antwine, the New England Patriots held their annual in-stadium practice. As usual, the session, which was the sixth of this year's training camp, was open only to season ticket holders and Foxboro residents. Still, a lot of people showed up.
Working through the Twitterverse, here are some notes about today's session:
-- The following players did not practice.: Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, Darius Fleming, Brian Tyms, Tyler Gaffney, Marcus Cannon, Joe Vellano, Matt Flynn, Caylin Hauptman, Alan Branch, Matthew Slater, Brandon LaFell, Ryan Wendell, Dane Fletcher, Chris White and Chris Jones.
-- Edelman, Lewis, Fleming and Tyms are new additions to the list.
-- No injuries were announced.
-- According to Doug Kyed, the quarterbacks performed as follows:
-- Jimmy Garoppolo saw most of the reps, with the veterans including Brady having a lighter session.
-- Wide receiver Chris Harper made his first catch of training camp.
-- Garoppolo struggled early in the session but had a beautiful deep ball to Josh Boyce later in practice.
-- One of the second-year quarterback's issues: not getting rid of the ball fast enough.
-- Rookie center David Andrews had to run a penalty lap for botching a snap.
-- Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler also basically had the night off.
-- Geneo Grissom would have had a sack in 11-on-11s.
-- The entire unit, including coaches, had to run a penalty lap late in practice.
Special Teams Notes
-- Travaris Cadet, James White and Chris Harper worked on punt returns.
-- Josh Boyce, Jonathan Krause and Danny Amendola worked on kickoff returns.
-- The kicking game was a general point of emphasis during the session.
-- After three straight practices in pads, players were wearing shells and shorts.
-- Dont'a Hightower continues to wear a red non-contact jersey.
-- Kyed feels as if Chandler Jones has bulked up over the course of the offseason.
-- 23,497 fans were in attendance.
-- The next two sessions will be held Thursday and Friday at 1:45 p.m. and will be open to the public.