Notes and musings from the first of three practices.
Earlier today, the New England Patriots kicked off their 2019 mandatory minicamp. The two-hour session behind Gillette Stadium took place in perfect conditions, and with the world champions’ biggest star in attendance for the first time all spring: quarterback Tom Brady, who skipped the voluntary phase of offseason workouts, returned to join his teammates on the practice fields.
Brady’s return was the biggest, but far from the only story to come out of Foxboro today. Let’s recap the action from day one:
8 players were not spotted during the session: RB Sony Michel, RB Nick Brossette, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OT Yodny Cajuste, DE Deatrich Wise Jr, SS Patrick Chung, SS Nate Ebner (source)
1 player was present but limited: OT Isaiah Wynn (source)
Fortunately, no players appeared to have suffered injuries today.
The quarterbacks performed as follows during 11-on-11 drills (source):
Tom Brady: 12 of 15
Brian Hoyer: 5 of 9, INT
Jarrett Stidham: 5 of 9
Danny Etling: 8 of 9
The quarterbacks performed as follows during 7-on-7 drills (source):
Tom Brady: 5 of 8
Brian Hoyer: 3 of 4
Jarrett Stidham: 4 of 4
The quarterbacks performed as follows during 4-on-4 drills (source):
Tom Brady: 4 of 4
Brian Hoyer: 3 of 4
Jarrett Stidham: 2 of 3
Danny Elting is the clear-cut number four on the quarterback depth chart at this point in time.
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios made the ‘play of the day’ when he made a diving catch down the right sideline on a pass from Brian Hoyer with Joejuan Williams in coverage. The second-year pass catcher had a good session. (source)
After standing out during the lone open OTA session, N’Keal Harry was more inconsistent today. (source)
With Sony Michel out, Damien Harris saw considerable reps. (source)
Chase Winovich’s effort stands out. (source)
While Jake Bailey has a better hang-time than Ryan Allen, he also fumbled a snap and had a touchback. (source)
Fourth-string quarterback Danny Etling saw time as a personal punt protector at one point. (source)
Undrafted rookie Gunner Olszewski was the first player spotted on the field today. (source)
Ex-Patriots Troy Brown and Deion Branch were present to assist the coaching staff. (source)Pats Pulpit https://www.patspulpit.com/2019/6/4/18652214/new-england-patriots-2019-minicamp-recap-tom-brady-steals-the-show-return-practice