The New England Patriots were missing several players who have been out of practice for some time, and the players who have not practiced on both Tuesday and Wednesday should be considered “out” for Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. If the first two practice days have been any indication, the Patriots passing attack is well ahead of schedule, and the defense is not a unit that should be slept on.
Cornerback Ras-I Dowling, wide receivers Michael Jenkins and Mark Harrison, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, depth tackles Kevin Haslam and Markus Zusevics, starting right guard candidates Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly, tight end Rob Gronkowski, safety Nate Ebner, 53-man roster hopeful Tyronne Green (a guard), and defensive tackle Armond Armstead were all once again absent during yesterday’s practice. All 12 of these players were also absent on Tuesday, and 13 players were missing in total yesterday. The 13th and the lone new addition to the list of players nicked up? Tight end Brandon Ford.
A little bit of background on Ford. He is a “move” tight end who is an undrafted free agent out of Clemson, and a couple of Pats bloggers stated about a month ago that Ford is a sleeper that I should watch for. There hasn’t been much on him in camp, but he has done little to even put himself in a position to make the practice squad and had one session where he had issues with drops. Ford is an interesting UDFA, and we’ll see if he can play on Friday and put the injuries behind him (maybe, he’ll even impress us).
Kyle Arrington went down with a very minor injury, and Aaron Dobson and Adrian Wilson reportedly suffered minor ankle injuries as well.
Topics: Armond Armstead, Brandon Ford, Dan Connolly, Jermaine Cunningham, Kevin Haslam, Kyle Arrington, Marcus Cannon, Mark Harrison, Markus Zusevics, Michael Jenkins, Nate Ebner, New England Patriots, NFL Offseason, Ras-I Dowling, Rob Gronkowski, Tyronne Green