Camp Quick Hits: Fan Appreciation Night

FOXBORO, Mass. - More than 16,000 fans filed into Gillette Stadium Monday evening in a special Training Camp practice session held exclusively for season ticket holders and Foxboro residents. There was plenty of action, and Patriots Insider was there to bring you the story.

Updated: 8/7

Day 10: Training camp Quick Hits Monday 8/6
Evening practice

Conditions: Heavy air and thick clouds following afternoon thunderstorms, but rains held off and weather got nicer as the evening rolled along.

Missing: Randy Moss and Asante Samuel.

Sightings: Kyle Brady, but not in uniform.

Tempo: Big enthusiastic crowd elevated the proceedings to near game-like setting.

Big Ending
Brandon Meriweather saved the best for last when he cut in front of the receiver to make an athletic interception on the last play of the practice, igniting the fans and sending everybody home happy. Fellow defensive back James Sanders also made a nice interception.

QB Grab
To get the practice off on the right foot, quarterback Tom Brady displayed his athleticism when he snared a long pass with a Moss-like over the shoulder catch cradling the ball with both hands. The crowd in that corner of the end zone erupted.

Prize Catch
Adalius Thomas showed his versatility to the crowd when he intercepted a pass and strolled into the end zone, not unlike the trademark plays fans have become accustomed to from Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi in recent years. He also had a nice pass knockdown earlier in the evening, as did fellow linebacker Junior Seau.

Down and Dirty
Receiver Kelvin Kight leaped high to down a punt at the one yard line, then fell to the dirt, showing he can do more than just catch the ball.
Red letter day

Wearing his red no-contact jersey, running back Laurence Maroney carried the ball three straight times during a drill and exhibited his trademark speed and moves, clearly unaffected by his recovering shoulder.

Autograph Hounds
Patriot mania was in full force last night as autograph seekers surrounded the field 10-deep at the conclusion of practice, and were rewarded with many players signing, including the likes of Mike Vrabel and Vince Wilfork.
Up early, stays late

Quarterback Matt Gutierrez not only was again the last player on the field at the end of practice, he was the first one on the field at least 15 minutes ahead of all other teammates.

Patriots players prepare to run the field at the conclusion of Monday evening's season-ticket holder practice August 6, 2007. (Photo John Ingoldsby

Up next After today's 2:30 pm practice, it's back to two-a-days Wednesday with 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. sessions.

John Ingoldsby has covered the New England Patriots for various publications the past 13 years. He started covering 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.

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