Posts Tagged ‘Patriots Training Camp’

Timing and Trust: Patriots Wideout Kenbrell Thompkins Builds Connection in Preseason Opener

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Kenbrell Thompkins is establishing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. His performance versus the Eagles proved it. (Photo: NFL Preseason Live)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

On his second offensive drive against the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-team defense, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to converted 7-of-8 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

No. 12 didn’t hold much back in the Aug. 9 preseason opener.

After handing the ball off six consecutive times on New England’s first drive, Brady distributed the ball to four different receivers on his second drive. He hit free-agent acquisition Danny Amendola for six yards. He hit rookie second-round pick Aaron Dobson for 23 yards. He capped it off by hitting third-year running back Shane Vereen for 13 yards.

Yet over the course of a seven-play sequence, Brady hit another target four times.

That target was Kenbrell Thompkins.

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Open Thread: Patriots Training Camp

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Tom Brady Tim Tebow

Tom Brady’s play during practice in Philadelphia is keeping Tim Tebow firmly in the background of Patriots fan’s minds. (Photo: Wayne Jones)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

You’ve been to practice. You’ve read the reports.

Now is your time to lay it out there – let us know in the comments section who you’ve been impressed with and who has disappointed you so far.

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The Three Dimensions of Patriots Rookie Tight End Zach Sudfeld

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Zach Sudfeld is a three-dimensional chess piece for the New England Patriots offense. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

His University of Nevada Wolf Pack teammates called him “Flint,” because all it took was one catch for him to fire up the offense. Now, his New England Patriots teammates call him “Sunshine,” because his long locks draw resemblance to Ronnie Bass from Remember the Titans.

But regardless of the nicknames he has been given, tight end Zach Sudfeld is trying to make his own name in the NFL. And that begins with him making New England’s 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie. (more…)


Notes from Philadelphia: Receivers Impress, Defensive Backs Inconsistent

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

NEPD Contributor: Eric Galko

Watching two teams and a combined set of 180 players wasn’t an easy task during Day One of the Eagles-Patriots scrimmaging. However, with my main focus on the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs, I was able to glean out some impressions from a difficult to keep up with practice.

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Revisiting the New England Patriots’ Practice Squad Candidates

Monday, August 5th, 2013

No. 84 Quentin Sims isn’t the only under-the-radar Patriot seeking an extended stay in Foxborough. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With the calendar flipped to August, the New England Patriots are now encompassed in the rhythm of training camp. Before long, there will be joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before long, there will be four preseason exhibition games to play.

And before long, the 90-man roster will be cut to 75 men, then 53.

The stakes are high and the room for error is thin. Because ultimately, 37 current Patriots will find themselves either on the physically unable to perform list, injured reserve or out of a job.

There is one more possible destination, however: the practice squad. (more…)


Digging Deep: Patriots Undrafted Defensive Tackle Cory Grissom

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Defensive tackle Cory Grissom is striving to make the New England Patriots as an undrafted rookie. (Photo: Patriots.com)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Cory Grissom devoted five seasons of football to the University of South Florida. And over that time, the defensive tackle known as “Pork Chop” started 40 of 46 career games.

But even after making second-team All-Big East as a redshirt senior in 2012, even after venturing to the Senior Bowl, and even after earning an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6’2”, 316-pound Bull did not hear is name called during April’s draft.

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Patriots Training Camp Notes: Danny Amendola Stands Out on Day Five

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A large crowd was on hand under sunny skies Tuesday afternoon for New England Patriots practice. (Photo: Dan Hope)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots took the field Tuesday afternoon for their fifth consecutive day of practice to open their 2013 training camp. The pads were on for the Patriots and the sun was shining bright as they practiced for two hours and 10 minutes.

Here’s what I took away from what was personally my second trip of the year to watch practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

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