Roche: Patriots Wrap Up Public Portion of Training Camp
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FOXBORO (CBS) – A beautiful day here in Foxboro for the final public workout for the Patriots of their 2014 training camp.
The Pats practiced for just over two hours and then – in a nice touch – every player on the roster went over to the crowd and signed some autographs.
As for some observations:
–With the return of Jerod Mayo, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jeremy Gallon, Dominque Easley and Bryan Stork the Patriots are close to being as healthy as a team can be. Sebastian Vollmer wasn’t at practice, but it stood out that the Pats have come through this stretch in relatively good health.
–The Gronk watch continues and on Monday he added a bit more in his comeback from major knee surgery. On Monday, he took part in 11-on-11 team drills, and that included some limited contact. He’s still on track for the regular season.
–Saw something that you don’t see that often in camp. The team was called to gather in one big huddle about midway through practice. It appeared to be a “wake-up call” courtesy of their coach.
–Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo looks like a completely different player ever since his preseason game debut at Washington. Confidence growing that he belongs in the NFL.
–Lots of running game and special teams work during the workout Monday too.
–Meanwhile, there are going to be some interesting roster cuts this year, if everyone stays healthy – especially on the offensive line and in the secondary. Special teams/versatility may give certain guys the edge over others, and we may see some surprising cuts.
–Finally, hope you’ll join us Friday night for preseason game number three as the Pats host the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. We’ll get you started with Gameday at 7 p.m. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. followed by our Fifth Quarter post game show. It’s all on WBZ-TV Ch 4.
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