Jun 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (left) , Tom Brady (middle) and Ryan Mallett (right) warm up during organized team activities at the Patriots Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots OTA's: Aaron Dobson Among Seven Absent, Pats Push Through Bad Weather


The New England Patriots held their second organized team activity open to the media today, and from I can gather, it was another positive showing for the team.

Here is the attendance report, from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Out

WR Aaron Dobson (foot surgery)

DT Dominique Easley (torn ACL)

OL Cameron Fleming (Stanford graduation date)

DL Armond Armstead

CB Alfonzo Dennard

CB Malcolm Butler

WR Jeremy Gallon

Limited

TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL)

DL Vince Wilfork (torn Achilles)

DT Tommy Kelly (knee surgery)

DE Will Smith (torn ACL)

LT Nate Solder

TE D.J. Williams

WR Matthew Slater

CB Justin Green

RB Brandon Bolden

LB Deontae Skinner

Howe makes a few interesting notes in his piece, including how Vince Wilfork upped his workload, and the impressive outings that Brandon LaFell, and Josh Boyce had. Having Wilfork healthy will be extremely important if the Pats want their run defense to improve from last year, and hearing that Wilfork is looking good is terrific news for the Patriots.

As for Boyce and LaFell, I think those two can really help bring an element of “explosion” to Tom Brady‘s offense. Boyce with his speed, and LaFell with his great size. We will see how they improve as we move towards September.

This practice session was held in the rain, and in typical Bill Belichick fashion, there was no backing down from his squad. Learning in bad weather conditions in June really pays off, as there are always big games late in the season that must be played in bad weather.

Here is Howe’s full observation piece.

And here is Mike Reiss’, if you want a different viewpoint. 

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