Patriots Training Camp Notes 8/15

Foxborough, Mass. -- Scattered showers did little to dampen the Patriots Tuesday afternoon practice session at Gillette Stadium. The weather broke by early afternoon as the team took to the field in helmets and shorts. Seymour, Harrison and others made their return as the team worked on preparations for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Quick Notes:

-- WR Eric Davis went from having a decent camp to having a bad day. Davis managed to drop balls from the beginning of practice through the end of practice. In the four-cone drill Davis twice allowed the pigskin to hit the ground, prompting smacks of his hands together in frustration. Later, Davis managed to let another pass that hit him in the hands fall to the turf. Possessing neither speed nor size, Davis will have to dramatically improve his performance if he wants a chance to stick.

-- WR Eddie Berlin, signed last week, looked out of sync during the receiver drills. The receivers have a few standard drills they do each practice, including a four cone drill, running patterns and a spin catch drill. After dropping a pair of passes in the four cone drill, Berlin had trouble with the spin and catch drill. Berlin did look comfortable running routes against the defense.

-- RB Kevin Faulk was not wearing the red non-contact jersey he sported the day before. Faulk's ailment was unknown, but he did participate in a number of running drills. Defenders refrained from hitting him during the contact portion of the practice.

-- The first unit offensive line appears to be taking shape. The lineup was as follows: LT Matt light; LG, Logan Mankins; C, Russ Hochstein; RG, Stephen Neal, RT, Ryan O'Callaghan. Gorin and O'Callaghan have split reps. Russ Hochstein has manned the center position until Dan Koppen recovers. Koppen sat on the sideline during the contact portion of practice.

-- TE Dan Graham appeared to hurt himself during some blocking drills. His injury was unknown, but looked like it was related to the shoulder issue he had during the off-season.

-- LB Eric Alexander appeared to have a solid understanding of where to be on defense. He did a solid job of flowing to the point of attack during run drills. Alexander filled in for a missing Monty Beisel. Freddie Roach was also not present at practice.

-- Keron Henry made a nice sideline catch, spinning as he leapt over the defender to snatch the ball out of the air. Henry has shown flashes of his potential during camp. Consistency appears to be his biggest obstacle at this point.

-- In team drills (11-on-11s) Tom Brady hooked up with Ben Watson for a nice gain. Watson has consistently shown solid pass-catching ability throughout camp.

On the second unit, QB Matt Cassel threw a deep pass to Bam Childress. Childress beat the defender but before he could score, Rodney Harrison chased him down. Harrison appeared to aggravate his knee injury on the play. He walked slowly to the sideline and had the brace examined by a member of the training staff.

-- DB Willie Andrews was the running back on the scout team. He ran with speed and elusiveness. Andrews continued to show athleticism as he ran with the offense.

Players absent from practice included: Chad Jackson, John Stone, Freddie Roach, Monty Beisel, Tedy Bruschi, Chad Brown and Marquise Hill. Nick Kaczur and Patrick Pass remain on the PUP list.

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