Patriots Practice Observations: Jimmy Garoppolo Shines In First-Team Reps


July 28, 2016

FOXBORO, Mass. — Jimmy Garoppolo picked up where he left off in organized team activities and minicamp Thursday, impressing on Day 1 of New England Patriots training camp.

Garoppolo was 5 of 6 in 11-on-11 drills — of which he received first-team reps — and was 13 of 19 overall in team drills.

The Patriots’ quarterbacks didn’t throw an interception during Thursday’s practice, which was unpadded.

More notes from the session:

— Tom Brady was 3 of 6 in 11-on-11s and 12 of 20 overall. He received first-team reps during 7-on-7s.

— Rookie Jacoby Brissett was 3 of 6 in 11-on-11s and 14 of 27 overall.

— Garoppolo, Brady and Brissett each had passes batted at the line of scrimmage by team staffers holding tennis rackets.

— Safety Jordan Richards and cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Justin Coleman broke up passes during team drills.

— Wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Chris Hogan were among the Patriots’ most consistent pass-catchers, while tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett and rookie wideout Malcolm Mitchell suffered drops.

— With Dion Lewis starting camp on the PUP list, running back LeGarrette Blount saw more pass-catching opportunities than usual.

— Veteran wide receiver Nate Washington succumbed to the New England heat and lost his breakfast late in practice. He was assisted off the field.

— Cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon, both of whom were absent for OTAs and minicamp, wore red non-contact jerseys.

— If the season started today, it appears the interior offensive line would consist of Joe Thuney, Bryan Stork and Jonathan Cooper. Guard Shaq Mason wasn’t a full participant after beginning training camp on the PUP list. Guard Tre’ Jackson remained on PUP and didn’t practice Thursday. With Sebastian Vollmer on PUP, Marcus Cannon is filling in at right tackle.

— Gronkowski and Bennett received some alone time on goal-line work with Brady.

— Rob Ninkovich spent time in positional drills with both the linebackers and defensive ends. During team drills, he rushed and dropped back. If the Patriots transition to a base 3-4, he would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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