P Zoltan Mesko gets some air
Kisha Tapangan continues to file updates from Patriots training camp in Foxboro. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest. Day Two includes more Brady talk, WRs stepping up the competition, special teams and more...
With the sun shining and a cool breeze sweeping through Gillette Stadium’s practice fields, it was the perfect weather for the Patriots second day of camp.
Much of the talk that surrounded day two of Patriots Training Camp included Tom Brady’s contract, the emphasis on tight ends, punts galore and the young receivers who continue to make an immediate impression.
Brady Backs Belichick
Tom Brady’s contract is the lurking issue surrounding training camp and although terms have not yet been finalized, Brady did not hesitate to reassure fans and the media of exactly how he feels about the team and Coach Belichick,
“I’ve always been privileged to play for Coach Belichick, who I’ve always said is the best coach in the history of the league,” Brady stated. “...I just want to come out here and do the best I can do. You know, whether you make $1 playing, or you make millions of dollars like we do make, I just really enjoy playing quarterback for this team...”
During the second session on Friday, Brady looked comfortable moving around within the pocket and connected with a variety of receivers, including several short range passes to Julian Edelman, Buddy Farnham, Brandon Tate and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The Tight End Focus
During the second half of the Friday session, the tight end position was the source for some surprisingly impressive catches. Rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski showed their versatility and skill set with several tough short route catches and a few one-handed receptions by Gronkowski. Quarterback Tom Brady seemed comfortable getting the ball to Gronkowski. The fact that the rookie from Arizona is 6-foot-6 and showed a substantial vertical didn’t hurt in shaking off defenders.
Zoltan Mesko: Punts Galore
An immediate fan favorite, the punter with the memorable name had spectators in awe during the second practice session. The majority of the punts Mesko made were on target, displaying impressive hang time. Both of those traits are vital in giving kick returners the head start that could fuel an offense, something lacking when Chris Hanson was punting last season.
Young Receivers Continue to Shine
Day Two included plenty of impressive catches by the receivers. The newcomers performances will make it a difficult decision as to who might see more playing time opposite top receiver Randy Moss -- at least until Wes Welker returns from injury. Similar to Day One, Julian Edelman continued his development as a receiver by showing signs of better ball control and crisper route running. Rookie Taylor Price seems to tower over Edelman and it is that height, along with his surprising quickness, that has drawn a lot of attention to the Ohio alum.
Buddy Farnham attended school less than 40 miles away from Foxborough, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The rookie free-agent has a comparable physique to Edelman but not quite the speed or comfort on the field. Despite the negatives, Farnham still managed to make some impressive catches. Although, he did struggle a bit in the short passing game.
Patriots training camp returns at 9:30am for the morning session tomorrow (sat) with an afternoon session scheduled for 3:45pm
Kisha Tapangan is a contributing writer for PatriotsInsider.com She also maintains her personal blog Necessary Roughness and can be found on Twitter @KishaT. Be sure to check in all camp long for regular updates by Kisha from Foxboro