Patriots Training Camp Notes 8/14

The Patriots first practice after their 26-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was more of the same on Monday. The team ran their regular assortment of individual, unit and team drills throughout the session. However, there was one wrinkle to schedule, rocker Jon Bon Jovi stopped in to say hi to Belichick and talk to some of the team.

The morning was another beautiful day in Foxborough with warm weather, a cool breeze and plenty of sunshine. The team practiced in full pads with just a few players held back from contact drills.

Quick Notes:

-- WR Kelvin Kight continued his solid camp showing with a nice catch over a pair of defenders in the team drill section. Kight, who returned kicks in the Atlanta game, did not line up for kick-return duties; rather he participated in the kick coverage unit duties that he manned earlier in camp.

-- RB Kevin Faulk was wearing a red non-contact jersey for the session. Although he shows no signs of being injured, Faulk obviously wasn’t going full speed in some of the drills.

-- S Tebucky Jones was wearing what appeared to be a temporary hand cast at practice. Jones participated in the team drills, even managing to bang into a few bodies during the contact portion. After practice Jones explained that the injury (apparently a thumb), hurts, but that he’ll be fine. It did not look like Jones’ injury will keep him sidelined as previously speculated.

-- DB Gemara Williams, the diminutive defender from the University of Buffalo who was resigned by the team over the weekend, wore number 42. His old practice jersey was #9. The change in numbers may reflect the possibility that Williams could make the practice squad if he does well in camp.

-- DBs Hank Poteat and Vernell Brown received some additional coaching while the team practiced 7 on 7 passing drills. Poteat and Brown stood well behind the secondary on the field instead of along the sideline with the rest of their teammates. The change could be construed as an opportunity for the two defenders to see more of what was happening on the field while not actively participating in the reps that other players were given.

Poteat was called for a “Hand to the face” penalty in the Atlanta game. Other than that he managed one special teams tackle assist over the course of the game.

-- DL Mike Wright managed to draw the attention of defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Johnson was displeased with where Wright decided to line up, and he made it clear in no uncertain terms where Wright should be.

-- OL Ryan O’Callaghan continues to spend time with the team’s first-string offensive line. Although he wouldn’t comment on his participation with any particular unit or his standing on the depth chart, it’s obvious the Patriots like what they’re seeing from the former Cal product. Head coach Bill Belichick commented during his press conference on O’Callaghan’s physical strength being an asset thus far in camp.

“Some guys on our offensive line like [Stephen] Neal, like [Dan] Koppen, like [Logan] Mankins, [Nick] Kaczur… I think when they came into the league they had enough strength to be competitive,” Belichick explained. “I'm not putting O'Callaghan in this group yet either, I'm just saying he does have good playing strength”

-- Rocker Jon Bon Jovi spent some time talking to Bill Belichick during practice. More on Bon Jovi can be found in Kevin Saleeba’s article here: Bon Jovi Visits Patriots Camp

Jon Bon Jovi walks with Scott Pioli Patriots director of personnel at training camp in Foxboro Aug 14, 2006 (Photo Kevin Slaeeba)

 

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