Patriots Rookie Mini-Camp Reflections

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The first day picks impressed in their first two days on the field as Dom Capers liked what he saw with Wheatley and Mayo played well, although he got out of position in coverage a time or two. Wilhite made some plays, but also seemed to get nicked up at the end of practice. O’Connell was inconsistent, showing flashes of brilliance while making rookie mistakes a minute later. A lot was made of Shawn Crable’s “Moss-like” skinny legs, hopefully they help him run even half as fast. Matt Slater played on defense as well as returning kicks, which Terrence Wheatley did as well.


If Vince Redd makes the team, we at NE Patriots Draft would like to make a rule that he can’t hit anyone during practice as he is one big (6-6/260), scary, dude. Redd is a longshot to make the team as he has two pro-bowlers (Vrabel and Thomas) starting at OLB. Pierre Woods is a solid backup and special teams standout, and a 3rd round pick in Shawn Crable ahead of him as well. Two things that Redd does have going for him is that he has experience in a 3-4 both with Virginia (Al Groh) and Liberty, and he loves hitting people.

Mike Dragosavich brought the rain indoors as he hit the roof repeatedly with his punts. Here’s hoping that he never has to kick the ball once this year — even when the Patriots are up by 40.

It seems like the Patriots feel comfortable with what they have on Offense, as the nine prospects brought in on a tryout basis area all on the offense. RB from Troy Kenny Cattousse seems like he has the best chance of earning a practice-squad jersey.

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