Of course, things aren't done at full speed and there's no tackling, but it still was very encouraging to see Culpepper move that way.
Culpepper showed a minor limp while dropping back from time to time, but all in all his movement still was very encouraging.
When asked what goes through his mind when he watches Culpepper scramble, defensive end Kevin Carter said, "Pleasantly surprised and inspired. I'm glad he's feeling a lot better, especially with the severity of the injury that he had. But I'm definitely inspired. I mean, it's only June and he's running around pretty good. So it's a pretty good indication that he'll be ready to go full speed come season time."
Culpepper also had a beautiful throw in seven-on-seven drills when he hit Wes Welker running down the middle.
Other highlights from the first day of minicamp included:
-- New wide receiver Frank Murphy made a spectacular catch down the sideline when he reached out and grabbed a Joey Harrington pass with his left hand and brought the ball into his body.
-- Zach Thomas, who continues to rehabilitate his injured right shoulder, was one of four players wearing a red jersey. The others were fullback Fred Beasley, defensive tackle Josh Shaw and cornerback Travis Daniels.
-- Coach Nick Saban wore a microphone for an upcoming feature on ESPN.