August 1, 2017

Patriots Training Camp 2017

Patriots Training Camp 2017

This morning, I took in the New England Patriots Training Camp. It was a hot and humid morning, but fortunately I was able to find a bit of shade.

I hadn't been since 2011. Some things have changed, but a lot of it is the same. A few observations:
  • Tom Brady is still there, and he still looks great. (On Thursday, he'll be 40! I'm getting old.)
  • Lots more activities for kids and adults. 
  • Tons of workers there, working security and the activities, and selling water, soda, Gatorade, and frozen lemonade. One worker that I remember from way back is a guy who sells sodas and uses players' names as part of his pitch ("It will stop your thirst like Butler stops touchdowns!"). Funny stuff.
  • The defense looked really good today, particularly the DBs. Lots of good coverage and some interceptions.
  • The offense didn't look as good. Lots of mistakes.
  • Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore got in a bit of a fight about 3/4 of the way through the practice. They were both tossed. Belichick yelled something like "Just get out!"
  • Rookie Deatrich Wise knocked down a pass at the line - he looked pretty good
  • Brandin Cooks looked pretty fast
  • Neither Jimmy Garoppolo nor Jacoby Brissett looked great today.
  • At one point, Belichick threw a blue blocking pad at Brady while he was scrambling around. Brady completed the pass anyway. I'm pretty sure that sort of thing won't actually happen during a real game.
A fun time all around.

Go Pats!

This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
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