The Patriots wrapped up their mandatory mini-camp last week and had full attendance, minus one disgruntled guard. The news coming out of mini-camp, which is closed to the public, is that the Pats’ rookie class is looking good- VERY good. The skill position players that were drafted, namely at wide receiver and tight end, are making a case to contribute this season and make an impact on the team. Patriots Football Weekly writer Andy Hart handed out awards to his top 5 performers at mini-camp, and three out of the five players chosen were rookies.
Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, along with wide receiver Taylor Price took three of Hart’s awards, with Hernandez ranking the highest and generating the most buzz on offense. Despite missing OTA’s due to NFL rules prohibiting rookies from participating until their college has commencement ceremonies, Price has been praised for keeping up with what the coaches have been sending him and what he learned in rookie camp. He has displayed good skills and has been compared to former Pats WR David Givens, who was a major contributor during the dynasty.
The other two players to receive mini-camp honors were second-year corner Darius Butler and WR Randy Moss, who has contract-year motivation.