Patriots camp: Sloppy day vs. Saints includes eight drops, key injuries

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Patriots camp: Sloppy day vs. Saints includes eight drops, key injuries 

Post#1 » by ErnieDiGregorio » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:51 am

Practice observations:
This was the Patriots’ worst practice of camp from an execution standpoint, and the pair of injuries to significant players didn’t help the mood. The eight drops during team drills were the most glaring problem, and Josh McDaniels didn’t take kindly to it during an offensive meeting at the end of the workout.

Tom Brady was 11 of 19 with an interception, and he was burnt by two drops. His interception went to defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins on a screen pass, so that was a bizarre breakdown.

Jimmy Garoppolo was 10 of 22 with an interception, but he was sabotaged by six drops. We’ve drawn attention to Garoppolo’s dip since Friday, but we also can’t stress enough that he hasn’t gotten a lot of help along the way, whether it’s because of drops, poor line play or whatever. Garoppolo’s interception occurred because he led Aaron Dobson too far to the inside, and Da’Vante Harris picked it off. Dobson tried to rip the ball from Harris’ hands after, but to no avail.

Garoppolo dipped into his early-camp magic with a touchdown pass to Chris Harper in 11-on-11s. The pass rush closed the pocket, so Garoppolo stepped up, kept his eyes downfield and delivered a confident strike to Harper for the score. Nicely done.

Brady led off the first four periods of team drills, and Garoppolo led off the final two. The first QB used the starting line, while the second QB worked with the backups. With the exception of a few plays, both played against the Saints’ starting defense.

The culprits of the drops were Rob Gronkowski (two), Chris Hogan (two), Aaron Dobson (one), James White (one), Chris Harper (one) and Brandon Bolden (one). Bolden’s drop occurred in the end zone and one play after he nearly dropped another ball. Gronk now has a team-high seven drops in 11 practices.

Brady completed passes to James White (three), Chris Hogan (two), Brandon Bolden (two), Tyler Gaffney (one), James Develin (one), Rob Gronkowski (one) and Martellus Bennett (one).

Garoppolo completed passes to Aaron Dobson (two), LeGarrette Blount (two), Chris Harper (two), Gronkowski (one), Hogan (one), White (one) and Bolden (one).

Jacoby Brissett was 4 of 7 during the final period of practice. He completed balls to AJ Derby (two), Devin Lucien (one) and Steven Scheu (one). His first pass should’ve been picked by Dillon Lee.

Brandin Cooks got the better of Malcolm Butler for most of the day. They lined up almost exclusively during practice in 1-on-1s and team drills.

Edelman juked Vonn Bell out of his shorts on a double move in 1-on-1s a couple minutes before he left the field with the injury.

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