A good crowd showed up for Sunday's morning walk through session. The crowd on hand was treated to its first glimpse of big No. 92 Albert Haynesworth in a Patriots uniform (Warm up gear actually, but why nitpick?). Here are a few highlights and thoughts from the morning practice session.
- Julian Edelman dazzled the crowd pre-practice, fielding punts on a couple of occasions with two footballs already in hand while performing a little juggling act. The start of practice featured special teams drills with Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price all taking turns at fielding punts. Edelman was the most consistent of the three, whereas the speedster Tate miserably botched his first attempt at fielding a punt.
- The defense practiced on the far field so the analysis of Haynesworth is limited at this point. He is listed in the media guide at a generous 350 pounds (Vince Wilfork is a meager 325 by comparison), though it should be noted that Big Al did pass his conditioning test prior to practice. Just the fact that he was involved in practice is a very good sign for Patriots nation.
- Speaking of good signs, the thing that impresses me most about Chad Ochocinco is that you will always find him next to a coach garnering advice on the finer points on how to execute the routes properly in this Patriots offensive system. The best thing about a walk through is that you can really notice the accuracy of his footwork, and come game time, this should really pay off for Tom Brady and company
- Will the real #85 still stand up? Aaron Hernadez, formerly number 85 for the Patriots is now sporting the #81 Jersey. I love this choice seeing that it washes away any lingering presence of one Mr. Randy Moss..
- The first unit offense saw a majority of the action on the field. Brady saw a majority of the snaps while Brian Hoyer got some action with the second unit. Very little was seen of Ryan Mallett on this day.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis did not participate again today, as Danny Woodhead saw most of the touches at running back. Thomas Clayton and rookie Stevan Ridley did get quite a few touches themselves, and I can't wait to see them in action this preseason.
- None other than Tom Brady signed autographs after the session ended. To say that the crowd was in a frenzy would be an understatement. Those in attendance today were quite vocal throughout practice, including a vociferous four-year-old who repeatedly shouted "Ochocinco!".
Still early in camp, the Pats look to be clicking offensively and hopefully this transitions onto the actual playing field. Stay tuned for more updates from the PTC Report as training camp progresses.