The New England Patriots opened the 2015 season yesterday as they started training camp, but with the issues surrounding Tom Brady, it is far from business as usual in Foxboro. Patriots fans clearly believe in their star quarterback and were very vocal yesterday, chanting his name and going wild when he made plays in the seven-on-sevens (9-9) and 11-on-11's (16-20). Brady wasn't the only one who shined yesterday.
- Second-year quarterback and possible first-month starter Jimmy Garoppolo also had a strong afternoon, looking good in team sessions. Garoppolo went 9-10 in seven-on-seven, but he also threw an interception to rookie safety Jordan Richards. Both quarterbacks were feeding the ball to wide receiver Josh Boyce, a third year player out of TCU that is on the bubble. They weren't wearing pads, but Patriots fans should be very happy about having Garoppolo as a backup because he is ready; he spread it around to everyone yesterday and also had a nice touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The battle at wide receiver got off to a great start yesterday with Boyce, Aaron Dobson, and Brian Tyms all having good days. Those three players are battling for one roster spot.
- Running back LeGarrette Blount failed his conditioning test, which shows that he didn't take this opportunity to start seriously. It has to be frustrating to give a talented player the opportunity he's asked for and then have him show up not in shape. You get what you work for; hopefully Blount overcomes this braincramp and starts taking this opportunity seriously.
- The play of the day belonged to WR...Tom Brady? New England started working on some gadget plays, having Brady hand off to Brandon Bolden, who lateraled to Edelman, and Edelman tossed a touchdown pass to Brady. Brady did his best impression of Odell Beckham Jr. with the grab and then took it to the end zone for the crowd-pleasing touchdown.
- Another positive- Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo both practiced without limitations and are trending towards both starting Week One versus the Steelers.
- One negative- the lack of numbers. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to not have numbers. Doesn't it make it more difficult for the staff while watching practice film ? That one baffles me.
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