FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A day after not completing a pass in full-team drills, Tom Brady was back looking like Tom Brady on Sunday. On the fourth day of training camp, the Patriots quarterback was back to his normal self as the Patriots held a balanced practice focusing on both the run and pass game.
On Saturday, the focus was installing the run game. Brady attempted only four passes in 11-on-11s, but didn’t hit a single target. On Sunday, Brady went 10-for-13 after starting out 6-for-6 in the first period. Brian Hoyer went 7-for-11 with an interception in 11-on-11s and Jarrett Stidham had a lighter day, going 1-for-2.
The Patriots also received a boost on defense with Michael Bennett returning.
The defensive end missed the first three days of practice due to a family issue.
He played with the backups and had his way with multiple backup offensive linemen in team drills.
The Patriots switched up their offensive line using Dan Skipper at left tackle. This allowed Joe Thuney to move back to left guard with Ted Karras at center, Shaq Mason at right guard and Marcus Cannon at left tackle. Skipper is 6-foot-9.
Maurice Harris continues to stand out. Dating back to minicamp, he’s been the most consistent pass catcher on the Patriots. On Sunday, he continued to get open and show off solid hands.
One rookie to watch is Jakobi Meyers. The undrafted free agent received some reps with Brady on the field during 11-on-11 drills. Undrafted free agent Gunner Olszewski also shined. He finished practice with three catches from Hoyer in the team’s 2-minute drill. The final reception was a touchdown.
The Patriots defense also had some solid moments. Obi Melifonwu had his third interception in four practices. He jumped in front of a Hoyer pass while covering Ben Watson in the end zone during a red-zone drill. Keion Crossen had a nice deflection on N’Keal Harry during 7-on-7 drills. Stephon Gilmore continues to stick out and still hasn’t allowed a catch in team drills in camp.
The run defense was stout on the goal line. The Patriots offense was stuffed on two goal-line runs in a row thanks to Lawrence Guy and Mike Pennel. When the backups came in, Christian Sam stuffed Damien Harris at the goal line.
Receiver Dontrelle Inman and rookie Byron Cowart missed practice. Nate Ebner, Demaryius Thomas, Ken Webster and Cole Croston are still on the physically unable to perform list. Julian Edelman and Yodny Cajuste are still on the non-football injury list. Patrick Chung is still in a red non-contact jersey while David Andrews is limited and focusing on conditioning drills.
Next up, the Patriots will induct Rodney Harrison into their Hall of Fame on Monday at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The Patriots will then hold a closed in-stadium practice for season ticket holders and Foxborough residents at 7 p.m.