FOXBOROUGH — How amped is Tom Brady in early August?
Here’s an indicator: The final portion of Sunday’s practice involved an 11 vs. 11, full contact goal line drill. On the very first play, Jamie Collins swatted a Brady pass away from Scott Chandler, prompting the defensive coaches to let the offense — and specifically Brady — know which side won the play.
On a play that followed, LeGarrette Blount barreled into the endzone, and plenty of Brady trash talk ensued. It continued, actually, as he walked with the offense to the opposite field to run plays on air.
Some other highlights from Sunday:
INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTS: Tarell Brown, Aaron Dobson
ABSENCES**Aside from those on PUP and NFI, there were three players missing from Sunday’s practice: rookie tight end A.J. Derby, who has been out at least three days; running back Tyler Gaffney; and offensive lineman Kevin Hughes.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYS—OFFENSE**On the first play of 11 vs. 11s, Tom Brady let a deep ball fly for Aaron Dobson. Malcolm Butler had excellent coverage on the play, but the ball was perfectly placed and Dobson came down with a diving grab.
**Dobson showed great short-area quickness and precise route-running during a goal line passing drill that pitted two wide receviers against three defensive backs. Dobson shook rookie safety Jordan Richards to get free in the back of the endzone.
**Julian Edelman made an impressive leaping catch in the back of the endzone during the drill. Butler was also in coverage on this play.
**In RB/TE vs. LB/S drills, Rob Gronkowski, unsurprisingly, was basically unguardable. He shook Patrick Chung for an easy reception. It’s impressive when Gronk’s quickness, not his size, makes the difference.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYS—DEFENSE**In the goal line 3 vs. 2 drill, Tarell Brown made a great last-second breakup on a fade to Edelman. Tavon Wilson, who has had a solid camp, also made a nice breakup.
**In a one-on-one passing drill, rookie Darryl Roberts gave up a reception on a crossing route to Josh Boyce, but poked the ball away once Boyce had tucked it. Probably would have been ruled a fumble. Roberts later had excellent coverage on Brian Tyms on a deep ball down the sidelines.
**Robert McClain had perfect coverage on Danny Amendola, running a go route from the slot. Jimmy Garoppolo’s ball sailed over Amendola’s head, but it would have been near-impossible to complete …Read More