The Patriots have now completed three days of training camp, spending half of Saturday in shorts and t-shirts after four full-pad practices on Thursday and Friday. While it is still very early in the development and evaluation process, a few themes have developed.
Youth Movement at WR
Brandon Tate has made brilliant catches in each practice, while Taylor Price has looked smooth and efficient. Torry Holt, meanwhile, has struggled a bit at the onset of practice. Add David Patten’s retirement to the mix and you see the average age of the Patriots WR’s dwindling before your very eyes.
With Jarvis Green’s departure and Logan Mankins holding out, the Patriots already knew that there would be some shifting going on with regard to their lines. Add to that minor injuries to Ty Warren and Nick Kaczur and there has been lots of shifting on each side of the ball. Dan Connolly has seen lots of reps at left guard, while Gerard Warren, Mike Wright and Vince Wilfork all saw time at defensive end.
No Panic at OLB
After a Favre-esqian ploy of not showing up to the Patriots Training Camp, Derrick Burgess appears to actually mean it, according to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora. No panic moves have been made, perhaps on account of the solid progression of rookie Jermaine Cunningham. Chris Price of WEEI.com has described Cunningham’s play so far as “solid, but not flashy.” There are a few veterans out there, but the pickings are definitely slim.