9. Brandon Bolden looked good once again on Saturday. He has gotten a lot of reps and seems to be making the most of his opportunities. Bolden has good hands and ripped off a run today that would have been a touchdown in a game situation. He outran multiple defensive backs on the play showing off his speed as well. It will be tough for the Patriots to keep four running backs and a fullback on the roster, but Bolden may force their hand.
10. Devin McCourty made his best play in camp to date today. He was in man coverage against Brandon Lloyd, who had a step on him. McCourty was able to locate the ball and get his hand up at the last minute to knock down the Tom Brady pass. The play drew a loud applause from the audience.
11. The best defensive player through three days of training camp has been Jerod Mayo. He has been all over the practice field and really stood out today. His most visible play today came when he created a fumble by stripping Aaron Hernandez after the catch. He also would have has at least one sack if it were a game situation. Whenever he blitzes he seems to get to the QB. Having a healthy Mayo for the entire 2012 season, will go a long way to curing the defensive woes.
12. One under the radar player who is creating a role for himself is Jeff Tarpinian. For the third day in a row Tarpinian made a nice play in pass coverage, knocking a pass away. He made the team out of camp last year and to this point looks like one of the better coverage linebackers in camp.
13. Visanthe Shiancoe looks as if he is becoming intergrated into the offense. He is quicker and more athletic than I thought he was and should provide the team with a viable receiving option if Gronkowski of Hernandez went down. When Daniel Fells is comes back it will be interesting to see how the tight end depth chart shakes out.
14. It’s tough to evaluate safeties in practice settings, but it appears Tavon Wilson fits in. He knows his assignments, has good hip flexibility and is soaking up knowledge where ever he can get it. It’s only been a couple days, but he has fit in nicely and doesn’t seem out of place at all.
15. The two players who practice the hardest on a daily basis are Patrick Chung and Stevan Ridley. The go full speed in each drill and are consistantly the first ones to finish sprints. Their paths collided on Saturday when Ridley was tackled to the ground after the play by Chung. It was one of the bigger hits in camp and Chung had to run a penalty lap because of it.
* It should be noted that the scare of practice came when TE Rob Gronkowski left the field with a trainer. He was gone about 15 minutes but, came back with his chin bandaged up. Crisis averted.
** Jamey Richard and Marcus Forston had to run penalty laps at one point, likely for jumping offsides.