New England Patriots training camp moved to a new location and time Monday.
Instead of the usual 9:15 A.M. start time, the Patriots began practice at 7 P.M., just after the Patriots Hall of Fame induction of former running back Kevin Faulk. Also the team practiced inside of Gillette Stadium. With the move also came a shortened practice, with no pads for the first time since Friday.
1-on-1, 5-on-5, and 7-on-7 drills were removed from the practice all together. Due to this however, the players did get a little extra work in their 11-on-11 sets. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett stayed on half the field with the third team while Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo switched off with different variations of the first and second teams.
Rookie Receiver Malcolm Mitchell and offensive guard Shaq Mason returned to practice after missing Sunday. Wide receiver Chris Hogan and linebacker Jonathan Freeny both missed practice for the first time.
Receiver Aaron Dobson had the best day out of the group, pulling in the most catches from both Brady and Garoppolo.
Rob Gronkowski had his second day of big celebrations as well. He caught a touchdown pass during 11-on-11 redzone drills and followed it up with a dance in the endzone. Defender Jamie Collins attempted to stop running back LeGarrette Blount from joining Gronkowski but his efforts were wasted as Blount pulled away from Collins and celebrated with him.
One thing that has become evident in the development of Garoppolo is that he is not afraid to thread the needle. He will throw the ball into multiple coverage in camp if he feels there is a window for a big play, and he tends to hit that window.
Prior to the practice, when Faulk was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, many great former Patriots spoke, along with Coach Bill Belichick, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. But one person who came out and surprised everyone was Tom Brady. Brady entered to loud cheers from a packed crowd in Patriot Place as he unveiled his undershirt; a No. 33 Kevin Faulk jersey.
The Patriots return back to their regular morning practices as training camp continues on Wednesday.