FOXBORO, Mass. Football shared the stage with country music Saturday at Gillette Stadium, as Bill Belichick and company were treated to authentic crowd noise without having to pump it in.
-- Cornerback Chad Scott who injured his leg last evening in practice was listed as day-to-day by Coach Bill Belichick
-- Fellow cornerback Randall Gay said watching Scott go down "was real tough, especially knowing he is one of the hardest workers on the team, and on a play with no contact"
|DB Randall Gay answers questions at Pariots training camp July 28, 2007 (Photo John Ingoldsby / PatriotsInsider.com)|
-- Brandon Meriweather is now wearing jersey number 31, which belonged to former defensive back Antwain Spann. Meriweather wsa wearing number 38 in minicamp.
Saturday practice observations:
Top Rookie Performance -- Defensive back Brandon Meriweather had an artful knockdown of a pass and showed his soft hands
Top Performance of the Day -- Running back Sammy Morris showed consistent explosion through the line of scrimmage and running free thereafter,
Top Play of the Day -- Kevin Faulk had the top play with a burst up the middle followed by some fancy footwork
Stock Is Dropping -- The stock is dropping on punter Tom Malone, who badly shanked a punt, while incumbent Josh Miller was booming kicks ... Linebacker Pierre Woods is struggling as he was relegated to running laps
Most Athletic Play of the Day -- Speaking of kickers, Stephen Gostkowski may have made the most athletic play when he caught a Miller punt one-handed with his left hand, while holding a football in his right hand, and he made it look easy
Notable Camp Battle -- Camp battles are heating up on the offensive line with Nick Kaczur battling Ryan O'Callaghan, and the now-deep receiving corps is sure to be worth watching when Troy Brown and Donte Stallworth return On the subject of receivers, Kelvin Kight was front and center when he had four straight balls thrown to him, and he corralled three of them Wes Walker and Ellis Hobbs were returning kickoffs in a session when Belichick directed the proceedings beside Gostkowski
Sightings -- Oklahoma University Head Coach Bob Stoops was reportedly on the practice field, along with some of his Sooner staff
Extra Credit -- Following in Tom Brady's rookie footsteps, Quarterback hopeful Matt Gutierrez was the last Patriot on the field long after practice ended, throwing passes and running sprints.
John Ingoldsby has covered the New England Patriots for various publications the past 13 years. He began writing about the NFL for newspapers in the 1970s. John is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. You can find him on the Patriots Insider boards under the handle Rudiee.
Patriots Insider Jon Scott contributed to this report
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