Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

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    Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    We’re live from the Patriots first mini-camp, where a bunch of rookies and signees are running around in helmets. We’ll have more updates later, but you want a few tidbits?

    – Punter Zoltan Mesko just bombed a 55-yard, floating punt, which was a good sign. But he also had a few real short ones, showing some inconsistency.

    – LBs Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham look fairly comfortable doing fundamental work, evidence of some Urban Meyer tutelage. But they are clearly feeling their way around during passing drills.

    – QB Zac Robinson threw it around a lot, showing some crisp short passes. But he wasn’t extremely accurate.

     

    – WR Taylor Price looks fast, as we thought he would. Definitely among the quicker guys here, and he runs good routes.

    – TE Aaron Hernandez mis-timed a jump and hung in the air for forever to make the catch anyway. Pretty impressive.

    – Cunningham is standing up as an OLB, and Spikes called the plays for the young group.

    – TE Rob Gronkowski is monstrous. But he really does receive the balls pretty softly. Both TEs were being coached by Brian Ferentz.

    – The WRs took part in a drill with a hula hoop, aimed to help them get a good release off the line.


     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    thanks for the updates!
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Seriously, thanks for the report--please keep it up!
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    great report, love to hear these types of reports from fans. For some reason the press just can't put it in the same way as we enjoy

    I know that Zoltan had a long release that some teams were worried about so they might be trying to shorten it up a bit. That might have been causing some inconsistency
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    I have a good feeling about these guys! I think we have an OLB!
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Patriots second practice of the day, as the first day of rookie mini-camp concludes. There was more of the same from period one, though coach Bill Belichick added a few additional team-oriented drills.

    Check out some highlights:

    – For a good portion of the hour, several of the skill position players, from Devin McCourty to Rob Gronkowski to Brandon Spikes, took part in a special teams coverage drill. Belichick had noted this morning that, “It will be an opportunity for any young player to possibly find his way onto the 45-man roster if they contribute on the kicking game.

    In one drill, players would fall on their stomach, hurry up, rush pass players holding pads, then scurry down to get after the ball-carrying. Taylor Price was one of the players  returning punts.

     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Just who is former Vanderbilt tackle Thomas Welch?

    www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/welch.jpeg" alt="Welch" title="Welch" width="138" height="215" align="left" />The Patriots drafted five players in the later rounds, including several players with which fans may not be familiar. One of them is Vanderbilt tackle Thomas Welch, 6-foot-7, 315-pounder who Bill Belichick moved up to select.

    As rookie camp began today, we ask, Who is he?

    He was a quarterback at one time, and then I think his high school moved him to tight end,” Vandy coach Bobby Johnson told me yesterday. “We recruited him at tight end. When he came here, we had a lot of injury problems on the offensive line, and Thomas was getting bigger. So we moved him to offensive tackle. And in fact, I think his sophomore year, his first playing time was against Florida.”

     

    So much has changed since then.

    That was three years ago, that’s pretty tough to go in there,” Johnson continued. “He did a good job and we kept him there and because he was quarterback and tight end, he’s athletic for his size and he’s big now. He’s close to 6-6 or a little more, over 300 poudns and carries it well and has good feet. Coach Belichick came down and talked to him and asked everybody about him, and I think he feels good about Thomas as one of those guys you just feel like is a good athlete who can handle the position.”

     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Appreciate the update.  What did you think of Gronkowski?  The reason I ask is because Albert Breer wrote that Gronkowski looked a little off and I was just wondering if Breer was full of sh!t as usual.
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    check out the patriots.com blog. they had good things to say about Gronk.



     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Great post HRK103, thanks and keep em coming!
     
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    In Response to Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10:
    Appreciate the update.  What did you think of Gronkowski?  The reason I ask is because Albert Breer wrote that Gronkowski looked a little off and I was just wondering if Breer was full of sh!t as usual.
    Posted by ZachRudy
    It's not surprising that Breer spun his report to the negative,thats his style of writing. He needs to go back to dallas where he came from ! Oh he can't because Jerry had him thrown out of the Dallas Cowboys camp. for the exact same type of negative writing. Zach everything I've read indicated that he looked to be in good shape,and really huge! All that being said this is just a 2 day mini-camp!
     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    Rookie mini-camp Day 2: Morning notes

    Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff May 1, 2010 12:18 PM
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    * Judging from the morning session, it's clear that Matt Patricia was in charge of the defense. He was right in the mix of things, running the huddle and reading off a playsheet. Defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was working with his unit off to the side, but since there was never a time when things were 11-on-11, assessing their dynamics between the two wasn't possible.

    * Bill O'Brien remains in charge of the offense. He -- and offensive assistant Brian Ferentz, who is spending quite a bit of time with the tight ends though he does not hold the title of tight ends coach -- both gave a great deal of instruction to Aaron Hernandez. Bill Belichick spent a few moments with the fourth-round pick as well.

    * Robert and Jonathan Kraft both took in the session; Robert look relaxed, wearing jeans and carrying a cup of coffee. Jonathan arrived with his daughter, both dressed as though they had arrived from soccer practice.

    * As the only running back, undrafted Pat Paschall (pictured) gets a lot of personal time with position coach Ivan Fears -- which can be a good and bad thing. Fears is never afraid to speak his mind when he isn't happy with something a player is doing.

    * Linebacker Brandon Spikes' instincts have been on display; when the defense lines up against the offense, he often seems to read things quicker than anyone else, and heads in the direction of where the play is going a half-step early. During the offense/defense "tackling drill" -- generally a crowd favorite during training camp but with no tackling this time (not allowed) -- Spikes got beaten by one of the tryout receivers on a quick cut, and immediately jumped to the front of the line for another try.

    * Punter Zoltan Mesko met with the media and drew quite the crowd. Others who spent some time with the slightly smaller press crowd today were Zac Robinson, Brandon Deaderick, Jermaine Cunningham, Ross Ventrone and Pat Paschall. Aaron Hernandez was escorted off the field by a team official without stopping.


     
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    Re: Report from rookie mini-camp 4/30/10

    During a sunny afternoon session, the Patriots concluded their rookie mini-camp with a one-hour practice at Gillette Stadium. It’s their last time doing a team activity until May 17.

    Let’s check on some highlights:

    – There were dummies all over the field… No offense, really. The teamed lined up and form-tackled the one-man, while D-linemen contiued their work on fundamentals with pass-rush moves.

    – More special teams drills got some time, as Brandon Spikes, Devin McCourty and other aimed to improve their techniques wading through would-be blockers on the kickoff.

    – Spikes looked solid in pass-coverage drills, moving well and getting his paws on a would-be interception. Alas, he dropped it.

    – Zoltan the Space Emperor (of Space) ran some routes during a defensive drill looking athletic. Who needs Dez Bryant when you have Mesko?

     

    – Personnel guru Nick Caserio still has a cannon, showing it off while the defense works on pass coverage.

    – Safety Sergio Brown, the ex-Notre Damer, made two nice grabs during a drills, showing some serious hops.

    – The group of receivers and tight ends really did a nice job of catching the ball. QB Zac Robinson had more troubles, even while working on short stuff, but there were few drops.

    Ok, they’re done…

     

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