Patriots Training Camp Observations: Eric Rowe Continues To Make Plays

FOXBORO, Mass. — Day 2 of New England Patriots training camp has wrapped up.

Another cornerback stood out at Friday’s practice as the Patriots’ offense and defense continue to be competitive. Here’s everything we noticed at the practice session.

— Tom Brady completed 13 of 19 passes overall and 10 of 15 in 11-on-11 drills. Jimmy Garoppolo went 18 of 27 with three interceptions overall and 12 of 16 with two interceptions in 11s. Jacoby Brissett went 14 of 25 with an interception overall and 3 of 4 in 11s. Garoppolo did finish strong, going 11 of 13 to finish practice. It would be unfair to say Garoppolo has struggled in camp thus far, but his five total interceptions are less than ideal. He traditionally has performed better later in the summer.

— Cornerback Eric Rowe was a standout with an interception and three pass breakups. He’s the leading candidate for the No. 3 cornerback role. He also had an interception Thursday in the first day of training camp.

— Cornerback Malcolm Butler and safeties Jason Thompson and Jordan Richards also had interceptions. Richards picked off a pass Thursday, too.

— Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Justin Coleman and safety Devin McCourty also had pass breakups.

— Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell, defensive end Rob Ninkovich and long snapper Joe Cardona were absent from practice. Amendola and Mitchell practiced Thursday. Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained Cardona and Ninkovich are out for personal reasons.

— Defensive end Kony Ealy returned to practice after missing Thursday’s session.

— Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (physically unable to perform), defensive tackle Alan Branch (PUP) and offensive tackle Andrew Jelks (non-football injury) were present but in sweats.

— Undrafted rookie wide receiver Cody Hollister went down with an injury early in camp and didn’t finish the practice. Wideout Devin Lucien went down with what appeared to be a calf injury or cramp on the final play of practice. He walked off the field under his own power.

— Wide receiver Chris Hogan and cornerback Cyrus Jones got into a brief scrap after the wideout caught a pass in team drills and the defensive back stopped him short of the goal line. They jawed briefly before Jones knocked the ball out of Hogan’s hand.

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