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May 20, 2008
Passing camp look
The Patriots just finished up the second day of a four-day passing camp on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, with nearly 100 percent participation.
Some observations from the session, which lasted about an hour and 45 minutes:
* Missing were: CB Ellis Hobbs, G Stephen Neal, WR Wes Welker, TE Benjamin Watson, TE David Thomas, DL Jarvis Green and DL Mike Wright.
* Special teamer Ray Ventrone, listed as a safety on the roster, yesterday was wearing a white (offense) practice jersey and did some drills with the the receivers.
* On more than one occasion during a route-running drill, Chad Jackson drew praise from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and new receivers coach Bill O'Brien.
* Marcus Pollard wasn't moving too well. The veteran tight end seemed stiff, and there was a hitch in his walk. He did have a knee injury with Seattle last season.
* Undrafted rookie punter Mike Dragosavich -- one of three punters currently on the roster (Chris Hanson and Scott Player are the others) -- was drilling punts, just as he had during rookie mini-camp a couple of weeks ago. But this time, without the roof of the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse to limit him, Dragosavich was showing off his hang time. He did have a couple of shorter punts, but those may have been situational-type kicks.
* Making the most of their time: during one stretch where they weren't needed, Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi worked together between the two fields, getting some ab work in with a medicine ball... After all of the other players had left the field, Matt Gutierrez, who spent last season as the third quarterback, and rookie Matthew Slater spent some time working together. Last year, it was not uncommon for Gutierrez to be the last player off the field, though he was often working with a ball boy or low-level assistant.
* Neither Tom Brady nor Randy Moss addressed the media; team officials said the pair had a lunchtime event with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to attend.
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