Patriots Training Camp: Day Eight

After a night practice on Gillette Field, the Patriots returned to their normal practice habit outdoors, but with 17 players on the sidelines, we got to see players on the bottom end of the depth chart get significant reps.

One thing that has been evident in camp is players missing practice- it's becoming as issue. Let's take a look at what went down in practice on Thursday afternoon.

- Here is the list of yesterday's walking wounded: Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman, Ryan Wendell, Alan Branch, Tyler Gaffney, Caylin Hauptman, Matthew Slater, Dion Lewis, Darius Fleming, Joe Vellano, Marcus Cannon, Brandon LaFell, Chris White, Dane Fletcher, Brian Tyms, Matt Flynn, and Chris Jones. Players do get banged up in camp, but 17 players being out is A LOT.

- With LaFell, Dobson, Edelman, Tyms, and Slater all out, it gives Josh Boyce, Brandon Gibson, and Danny Amendola a chance to step up and show the coaching staff what they can do. All three receivers had a strong practice; Gibson stood out and might force the Patriots to carry six wide receivers.

- One of the highlights of practice for the fans was getting to see the ENTIRE defense run two penalty laps. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia ran right along with them. Needless to say Belichick doesn't mess around.

- Danny Amendola continues to work as a kick returner and has also covered the punt returns in the absence of Julian Edelman. James White and rookie free agent Chris Harper have also received punt return reps while Edelman sits.

- Tom Brady was 22-29 in 11-on-11 drills and 9-12 in 7-on-7. Jimmy Garoppolo was 11-15 in 11-on-11 but he threw an interception. He was 4-5 in the 7-on-7 drill. Garoppolo had a better practice yesterday than Wednesday, but the interceptions need to stop.

- Rookie guards Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson continue to impress and they're getting a ton of reps with the injury to Ryan Wendell. If they continue to play this well, Wendell may be in trouble as far as a roster spot.

- NFL referees were on hand for practice yesterday; it gets the players acclimated to how the refs plan on calling things.

- Rookie center David Andrews has gotten a lot of reps as the backup center to Brian Stork, and he has been impressive. Shaq Mason can also play center, but with him playing guard throughout training camp and looking like a possible starter, it opens the door for Andrews to make the roster as a backup center. Andrews will have to show that he can step into the guard spot too before he makes the 53-man.

- Speaking of rookies, Darryl Roberts finally appears to be settling in and is making a push to make the team. Tavon Wilson is also feeling the roster crunch, but he stepped up yesterday and make an interception.

- More movement on the roster yesterday: OL Mark Asper and TE Mason Brodine were added to the roster, most likely for training camp depth. The bottom of the roster has been changing constantly over the last week.

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