It’s time to strap on the pads and start hitting once again.

The New England Patriots held their first full-pad practice in training camp on Saturday, making many players happy to finally get back to playing some real football.

Jimmy Garappolo spoke about the fan base on hand at Gillette Stadium, saying that he was surprised at how dedicated New England fans were and how much they interacted with the players.

Brandon Browner, Shane Vereen and Brandon Lefell also spoke about their eagerness to get back into pads and go to work, in what figures to be a promising season for the Patriots.

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