Patriots Training Camp Observations: Tom Brady Slams Helmet In Frustration


Jul 29, 2016

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are just two days into training camp, but judging by Tom Brady’s demeanor, you’d think it was the middle of January.

The Patriots quarterback, who is suspended for the first four games of the season, slammed his helmet down in frustration midway through Friday’s training camp session after firing two consecutive incomplete passes, the second of which was batted down by a team staffer holding a tennis racket.

Brady completed 5 of 7 passes in 11-on-11 drills and went 17 of 24 with an interception overall. He was picked off by safety Duron Harmon on a pass in the end zone intended for Keshawn Martin.

Brady received first-team drills in 11-on-11s and in one session of 7-on-7s.

Some more notes from practice:

— Jimmy Garoppolo went 4 of 7 in 11-on-11s and was 18 of 22 overall. He received first-team reps in the second session of 7-on-7s.

— Jacoby Brissett went 4 of 7 with an interception in 11-on-11s and 18 of 30 with the pick overall. He was intercepted by linebacker Kevin Snyder after a pass breakup by cornerback Darryl Roberts.

— Linebacker/safety Brandon King, a second-year player who did most of his work on special teams as a rookie, deflected two passes in team drills. Cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Jonathan Jones also broke up passes.

— Wide receiver Chris Hogan and tight end Rob Gronkowski each dropped passes Friday.

— Running back D.J. Foster stood out in the passing game. He hauled in three passes, including one from Brady. His speed and quickness continue to stand out over other Patriots running backs.

— David Andrews, a second-year pro, received starting snaps at center over Bryan Stork during 11-on-11s. It appears Joe Thuney and Jonathan Cooper remain the favorites to win the starting guard jobs early in camp. Thuney did have to take a lap at one point during practice.

— Both Rob Ninkovich and Shea McClellin took snaps at linebacker during team drills. Ninkovich splits his time between linebacker and defensive end in positional drills, while McClellin usually sticks with the defensive line.

— Martellus Bennett had a solid practice, including one nice grab over safety Patrick Chung.

— Gronkowski caught a ball in the end zone and tossed the ball toward the defense at one point during 11-on-11 drills. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower chucked the ball back in Gronk’s direction.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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