Missing Patriots appear for final training camp session

Tom Brady hands off during Monday’s practice. Zack Wittman for the Boston Globe
Zack Wittman for the Globe
Tom Brady hands off during Monday’s practice.

Monday afternoon was the final public practice of Patriots training camp this year, and lots of fans went home happy as all of the players signed autographs after the workout was over.

The full-pads session was most notable for who was on the field and what they were doing: LBs Jerod Mayo and James Anderson, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and rookie OL Bryan Stork all returned after missing varying lengths of time, and rookie WR Jeremy Gallon made his camp debut, removed from the PUP list.

Newly acquired DLs Jerel Worthy and Ben Bass also practiced for the first time as members of the Patriots.


And TE Rob Gronkowski took part in 11-on-11 work for the first time, taking the next step in his return from a torn ACL suffered last December.

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If there has been a change on the quarterback depth chart after Friday night’s game — when Jimmy Garoppolo, not Ryan Mallett, was first on the field after Tom Brady — it was not evident. During skeleton and full-team work, Mallett stepped onto the field after Brady, with Garoppolo third.

The Patriots practiced a few trick plays, though we’re not supposed to reveal details of what happened. We’ll just say they were tricky.

Attendance, please

Non-football injury: OL Chris Martin.

Missing: T Sebastian Vollmer, DL Tommy Kelly (Kelly did walk onto the field in pads 80 minutes after practice began), DT Chris Jones, DT Sealver Siliga, TE D.J. Williams, LB Cameron Gordon, RB Tyler Gaffney.


Returned to practice: LB Jerod Mayo, LB James Anderson, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, OL Bryan Stork, WR Jeremy Gallon.

Dress code

Full pads.

Top plays

  Anderson intercepted Tom Brady during 11-on-11 work on a pass intended for Danny Amendola. Anderson, who should stick around as a third-down-type player, showed great athleticism, pulling the ball in and quickly turning toward the opposite end zone.

  Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Rookie CB Malcolm Butler was making plays. In skeleton (seven-on-seven) drills, Rob Gronkowski caught a quick pass from Brady, turned upfield, and immediately had the ball knocked out by Butler.

Three up

  Dominique Easley. The first-round pick, who began practicing last week, got some time with the first-team defense with Kelly not on the field, and also looked very good in some of his one-on-one matchups.


  Stevan Ridley. Got several carries with the top offense, but more than that, was accountable after practice, talking frankly about his fumble/maybe non-fumble Friday night. For the record, he hasn’t fumbled once in camp.

  Shane Vereen. As we’ve come to expect, he is utilized all over the field for the offense. On Monday, he had a few carries and a few catches, and he and Jimmy Garoppolo just missed connecting on a deep sideline pass.

Two down

  Josh Boyce. Not looking so great for him right now. Gallon, fresh off the PUP, got reps as a punt returner, and Boyce did not.

  Steve Maneri. Dropped a screen pass from Brady in 11-on-11. He was the intended receiver on Brady’s pick-6 Friday. Brady doesn’t give pass-catchers too many chances.

Gronk watch

Gronkowski took another step in his return, participating in 11-on-11 work, one week after taking part in seven-on-seven for the first time. But unlike last Monday, when he donned a red (noncontact) jersey, Gronkowski remained in his standard white offense jersey. Brady targeted him twice in the final full-team period.

Odds and ends

  Kyle Arrington continued to work with Devin McCourty at safety with the first-team defense. He also had a breakup on a pass intended for Amendola in skeleton.

  It looks as though the Patriots may be doing a little game-planning for Carolina. In the latter part of practice, Brian Tyms and Justin Jones donned yellow pinnies with the numbers of the Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olson.

  In 11-on-11, we had Brady 14 for 19 with an INT, Mallett 4 for 6 with an INT, and Garoppolo 2 for 3.

  Rookie LB Taylor McCuller, who has gotten reps at fullback, was with the offense for the entire practice.

  Hoomanawanui, Anderson, Stork, and Martin spent a good deal of time on conditioning work.

Upcoming schedule

Training camp has ended. The Patriots host the Panthers at Gillette Stadium Friday night in their third preseason game. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


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