Non-PUP and NFI players not participating in training camp practice No. 1: LB Jamie Collins, S Nate Ebner. PUP: RB Dion Lewis; WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola; TE Clay Harbor; offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer; guard Tre’ Jackson. NFI: DT Alan Branch.
Shorts and shells.
■ Aaron Dobson, in the mix for the fifth receiver spot, snagged a nifty one-handed pass from Jimmy Garoppolo and banged his toes down inbounds in the end zone. It drew a big “ups” congratulations bump from LeGarrette Blount.
■ Veteran cornerback E.J. Biggers swooped in and deflected a pass intended for Nate Washington at the last nanosecond.
■ Second-year safety Jordan Richards skied to break up an end-zone connection between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
■ New receiver Chris Hogan squeezed between a pair of defenders to snatch a picture-perfect end zone fade from Brady.
■ Rookie Devin Lucien made a diving end-zone grab (impressively staying inbounds) from fellow rookie Jacoby Brissett. It may have drawn the biggest crowd reaction of the day (non-Brady, non-Gronk division).
■ Brissett bobbled a shotgun snap, calmly recovered, and threw the ball away. It didn’t look good but it was a smart play.
■ Cornerback Justin Coleman broke up a Garoppolo pass to veteran receiver Washington.
■ Jimmy Garoppolo: The third-year QB and temporary starter showed excellent release and zip when he ran with the 1s and the 2s.
■ E.J. Biggers: The veteran corner played like he was fighting for a job — which he is. He was quick and active and broke up a couple of passes.
■ LeGarrette Blount: The big, bruising tailback looked no worse for the wear after a season-ending hip injury. He looked quick and crisp darting through lanes.
■ Nate Washington: The veteran dropped a couple of passes, including one that was knocked out at the last second when he failed to secure it.
■ The Patriots defense: OK, it’s early, but this group didn’t register a single interception. Take that with a grain of salt, though, because they can’t play contact.
■ The stadium DJ: The first musical selection of camp? “Lights Come On’’ by Jason Aldean. I get the sentiment, but country doesn’t get the early-morning blood flowing.
ODDS AND ENDS
■ Not breaking news here but Tom Brady received the loudest cheers of the day. Chants of “Brady, Brady” and “We love you Tom,’’ broke out sporadically, especially when he came close to the stands.
■ Rob Gronkowski got his fair share of booming ovations and he would often acknowledge the crowd with a fist pump — particularly after one of his many catches.
■ Devin McCourty made a nice, one-handed pick during individual drills and drew oohhs and aahhs from his teammates.
■ As he did in the spring, Rob Ninkovich worked with both the defensive ends and the linebackers during drills.
■ Receivers Chris Hogan and Aaron Dobson look like they’re ready for Game 1 right now. Both continued their impressive work, making all the catches thrown their way.
■ Big props to the coaching assistant with the modified tennis racket-like contraptions (think Edward Scissorhands) as he batted down balls from Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jacoby Brissett at the line of scrimmage. That’s consistency.
■ Long snapper Joe Cardona worked as the center during seven-on-seven drills as the usual centers were doing drill work with the offensive linemen.
■ The first-team offensive line during 12 on 12s included Bryan Stork at center, Jonathan Cooper at right guard, Joe Thuney at left guard, Marcus Cannon at right tackle, and Nate Solder at left tackle.
■ Attendance was 12,393, according to the Patriots.
Friday: Practice, 9:15 a.m.
Saturday: Practice, 9:15 a.m.