Patriots Training Camp Observations: Brandon Browner Gets Heated, Shines

Brandon Browner, Malcolm ButlerFOXBORO, Mass. — Brandon Browner was tired of giving up receptions, so he turned up the intensity and had his best practice to date for the New England Patriots.

The cornerback beat wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins in their first 1-on-1 matchup, then, in a physical showdown, Thompkins knocked Browner down and made a reception in their second face-off. Browner beat Thompkins again and began to get annoyed that the offense wasn’t getting the ball out fast enough.

Wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea called a penalty on Browner against wideout Brandon LaFell, and the cornerback got heated.

After practice, Browner said that he and O’Shea “hugged it out.”

Browner recorded his first interception of training camp late in 11-on-11s against Tom Brady.

Check out the rest of NESN.com’s observations from Wednesday’s practice:

– Quarterback Tom Brady was 2-for-4 in 7-on-7s drills and 8-for-18 with an interception in 11-on-11s. Quarterback Ryan Mallett was 1-for-3 in 7-on-7s and 7-for-17 in 11-on-11s. Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo was 0-for-1 in both 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. Garoppolo had a light day of practice.

– It was a rough day overall for the Patriots’ offense. Tight ends Justin Jones and Rob Gronkowski, running back Roy Finch and wide receivers Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Derrick Johnson all had drops during practice. Edelman and Thompkins had multiple drops.

– Jones had an up-and-down practice. He ran an impressive route during 1-on-1s against safety Shamiel Gary but needs further development with his hands and blocking.

– Linebackers Jamie Collins and James Anderson had impressive pass coverage plays in 1-on-1s against running backs and tight ends. Tight end D.J. Williams looked solid in 1-on-1s.

– Here are the wide receiver-defensive back 1-on-1 results:

Cornerback Darrelle Revis beat Edelman
Wide receiver Danny Amendola beat cornerback Kyle Arrington
Browner beat Thompkins
LaFell beat cornerback Malcolm Butler
Cornerback Justin Green beat Thompkins, though it looked like Green committed a penalty
Edelman beat cornerback Daxton Swanson
Cornerback Logan Ryan beat wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser
Cornerback Travis Hawkins beat wide receiver Brian Tyms
Safety Devin McCourty beat Johnson
Amendola beat safety Patrick Chung
Thompkins beat Browner
LaFell beat Revis
Arrington beat Edelman
Browner beat Thompkins
Tyms beat Green
Butler beat Edelman
Revis beat Thompkins
Amendola beat Ryan
LaFell beat Browner
Edelman beat Butler, but the cornerback knocked the ball out after the catch
Van Hooser beat Chung
Hawkins beat Johnson
Thompkins beat Swanson
Arrington beat Amendola
Browner beat LaFell
McCourty beat Tyms

– Here are the results of pass rusher-offensive line 1-on-1s:

Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming beat defensive end Rob Ninkovic
Linebacker Jamie Collins beat offensive tackle Nate Solder on a bull rush
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly beat guard Logan Mankins
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork beat guard Dan Connolly
Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga beat offensive lineman Marcus Cannon
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower beat offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer
Defensive end Chandler Jones beat guard Chris Barker
Defensive tackle Joe Vellano beat offensive lineman Jordan Devey
Center Ryan Wendell beat defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna
Defensive tackle Chris Jones beat guard Jon Halapio
Fleming beat Ninkovich
Solder beat defensive end Will Smith
Chris Jones beat Halapio

– Brady, Revis and Gronkowski continued to work individually together. Gronkowski and Revis were not going full speed.

– Revis, Collins, Butler and Hawkins had pass breakups in 7-on-7 drills.

– The Patriots are bringing back all five starters from 2012 and 2013, but it doesn’t appear that those five roles are locked down. There’s a lot of movement on the offensive line with the first and second teams.

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