Camp Quick Hits: Rodney Remains Focused

Sunday's evening practice was closed to the public due to the impressive fan showing for David Beckham's appearance at a New England Revolution soccer match at Gillette Stadium. PI's Kevin Saleeba was there to see what the Patriots were up to despite the Beckham fanfare.

FOXBORO - The Patriots had a relatively easy practice Sunday following the first preseason game against Tampa last Friday.

With the arrival of international soccer star David Beckham for the Revolution and Galaxy soccer game, there was more action inside Gillette Stadium than on the Patriots practice field. With the soccer game sold out, the Patriots practice was closed to the public.

The Patriots took it easy Sunday, only practicing in helmets and jerseys and no pads.

During the hour-and-a-half session, Moss was back on the field running offensive passing routes early on with fellow wide outs Donte Stallworth and Kelley Washington, but there was still no sign of holdout cornerback Asante Samuel. Richard Seymour, who remains on the PUP list, was also absent from the field.

Other than the quarterbacks, running back Laurence Maroney, and linebackers Eric Alexander and Junior Seau continue to wear the red jerseys through practice. All three players have worn the red jersey throughout the entire training camp thus far. The red jersey indicates they are not to be hit in practice because of injuries.

On the offensive side of the ball, both Tom Brady and Matt Cassel took turns taking snaps as they ran through several different run and pass plays. Running back Kevin Faulk and receiver Troy Brown were present on the sidelines, but did not run through any plays. The defense ran through several blitz packages and coverage schemes with the first and second teams taking turns on snaps.

Safety Rodney Harrison said the defense during practice is clearly focused on making teams turn the ball over.

Rodney Harrison and Randall Gay at New England Patriots training camp practice August 12, 2007 (Photo Kevin Saleeba / PatriotsInsider.com)

"We always preach turnovers," said Harrison following practice. "Anytime you get the ball as a defense, that's your main goal. That's something you want to be. You want to be a physical, aggressive, ball-hocking type defense and the great defenses in the National Football League, the Baltimore's, the Chicago Bears, you know they are always up there in turnovers and always up there in tackles made."

When asked if Harrison was going to stay to watch the soccer game, he said "No. I'm going home to see my family." He added, "Go Revolution! I don't worry about all that other stuff. Go Revolution! Go Patriots! That's all I care about."

The next practice open to the public will be on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

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