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Patriots 2018 mandatory minicamp: Day two recap; Stephon Gilmore shines on second day

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The Patriots defense had a strong day of practice.

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The New England Patriots are back on the field as they continue their minicamp practices. Yesterday was a productive practice for the team as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski returned to the field and a lot of players are looking to build on their strong opening day.

Let’s recap the second practice of the Patriots’ 2018 mandatory minicamp.

Attendance

Five players were not spotted during the session: WR Malcolm Mitchell, RB Brandon Bolden, WR Kenny Britt, OG Joe Thuney, FS David Jones. (source)

TE Jacob Hollister returned to practice after missing the last open session last Thursday. (source)

Ten players were present but limited: CB Jonathan Jones, CB Cyrus Jones, CB Jason McCourty, CB Keion Crossen, SS Nate Ebner, DL Malcom Brown, OL Isaiah Wynn, OL Trent Brown, OL Marcus Cannon, and WR Braxton Berrios. (source)

Injuries

None!

Offense

The quarterbacks looked as follows during 11-on-11 drills (source):

Tom Brady: 8/14

Brian Hoyer: 6/9 with an interception

The quarterbacks looked as follows during 7-on-7 drills (source):

Tom Brady: 4/5

Brian Hoyer: 3/3

Tight end Jacob Hollister stood out in his return to the practice field. (source)

Fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski was full of energy and chucked a football into a tree after scoring a touchdown over Patrick Chung. (source)

Wide receiver Julian Edelman “did competitive 11 on 11 drills for the first time this spring,” according to the Globe’s Ben Volin. (source)

The Patriots repeated their offensive line grouping of Trent Brown, Isaiah Wynn, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and LaAdrian Waddle. (source)

Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia ripped into Brown and Wynn for making a mistake in the running game. (source)

Rookie running back Sony Michel has been turning heads for his ability in the open field. (source)

Tom Brady did extra work with Julian Edelman and Jordan Matthews after practice ended. (source)

Defense

With the Patriots short-handed at cornerback, J.C. Jackson once again saw first-team reps at cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore. (source)

Multiple reporters lauded Gilmore’s performance, even calling him “the best player on the field.” (source)

With Brown sidelined, the Patriots fielded Lawrence Guy and Danny Shelton with the first-unit defensive line. Elandon Roberts started at linebacker. (source)

Special teams

The Patriots focused on the kicking game with “lots of coaches involved,” including Ernie Adams. (source)

Miscellaneous

The Patriots had “refs on hand” to help reinforce rules with the players and pumped up music to simulate crowd noise. (source)