FOXBORO, Mass. - The Patriots held an evening practice under the lights Monday
inside Gillette Stadium, which was open to the media, but not the public. However
there were some patrons watching practice in the stands who apparently were
attending functions at the facility.
Camp Quick Hits: Pats back from Florida for Monday night lights practice
Evening practice inside Gillette Stadium
Conditions: The Pats are back from the Florida heat and into some refreshing
New England summer weather, albeit with a little drizzle at times.
Missing: Kyle Brady, Ben Watson and Asante Samuel.
Sightings: Randy Moss walking through calisthenics in a gray sweat suit
during the first half-hour of practice.
Tempo: Upbeat and energetic.
Junior Seau was the first to appear on the field at Gillette Stadium at 6:45
p.m., and for the first time all camp was NOT wearing a red jersey, signaling
no contact. Wearing his trademark hat turned backwards, Junior was sporting
a blue jersey like his defensive teammates, and even deflected a Matt Cassel
pass, which he caught out of the air, and strolled into the end zone. Running
back Sammie Morris also got rid of his red jersey, and was wearing the offensive
white jersey. Laurence Maroney and Eric Alexander were the last two players
wearing red, except of course for the three quarterbacks.
Seldom seen but still in sight Some seldom seen players who were involved in
action were Mike Elgin playing center, running back Quinton Smith catching a
pass from Tom Brady, Boston College product Larry Anam seeing some work at cornerback,
and second pick Kareem Brown doing drills.
New additions in the house
New cornerback Dante Wesley blocked a Danny Baugher punt and Marcellus Rivers
saw some work at tight end. Starting punter Josh Miller also had a punt blocked.
Play of the night
Receiver Jabar Gaffney continues to be perhaps the most impressive player in
camp, and he punctuated his go-to-guy status tonight with a fabulous reception
of a 50-yard bomb from Brady.
Play of the night II
Rookie cornerback Mike Richardson from Notre Dame made a leaping interception
of a long downfield throw, cradling the ball on the way down as he landed on
his back. Fellow cornerback Randall Gay also made a nice deflection of a pass.
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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