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Nate Washington turns in his best day of camp

Running back Tyler Gaffney got a carry Sunday during a steamy workout at Gillette Stadium.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Attendance, please

■  WR Malcolm Mitchell, RB Dion Lewis, S Nate Ebner, TE Bryce Williams, Gs Jonathan Cooper and Tre’ Jackson, T Sebastian Vollmer, and DE Jabaal Sheard were not spotted at practice.

■  DE Rob Ninkovich, RBs Donald Brown and D.J. Foster, and WRs Keshawn Martin and Danny Amendola retreated to the lower conditioning field after stretching and light running with the team.

New injuries


Dress code

Shorts and shells.

Three up

■  Nate Washington: The veteran receiver had easily his best practice of the summer, catching five passes, including a pair of nice deep balls.

■  Jonathan Freeny: The linebacker ditched his red, noncontact jersey and got right into it, breaking up a pair of passes, including one nifty diving effort.


■  Rob Ninkovich: The wily defensive end was back in uniform, though not a full participant, just five days after tearing his triceps.

Three down

■  Rob Gronkowski: The big fella dropped a pair of passes — one each from Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo during 11 on 11 work.

■  Martellus Bennett: The other big fella dropped a pass from Brady and then cut off his route leading to a Jordan Richards interception of Garoppolo.

■  Anthony Johnson: The second-year defensive lineman was sent on a penalty lap after jumping offside during full-team drills.

Top plays

■  Washington got a step on defenders Logan Ryan and Devin McCourty and hauled in a nice deep ball from Brady on the first pass of 11 on 11s.

■  Linebacker Ramon Humber met Tyler Gaffney in a hole with a big thud. The contact was more coincidental than anything, but it sure was loud.

■  Just a few plays after his first catch, Washington snagged a deep pass from Garoppolo despite good coverage from Malcolm Butler.

■  Justin Coleman swooped in and broke up a Brady pass intended for rookie Devin Lucien.

■  Chris Hogan made a nifty sliding catch of a Garoppolo zip.


■  Rookie corner Jonathan Jones deflected a Garoppolo pass intended for Chris Harper.

Odds and ends

■  Julian Edelman drew the loudest cheers of the day from the hearty crowd who stayed throughout the muggy practice. He didn’t participate in team drills, but did play catch with Brady during a Garoppolo series.

■  Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and cornerback Cyrus Jones were credited with sacks (the whistle blew the play dead) during Brady’s 11-on-11 work.

■  Linebacker Rufus Johnson should have been credited with at least one, too. He consistently pushes his opponent around.

■  Stephen Gostkowski yelled “fore” when one of his field goal attempts sailed seemingly sideways into the friends and family spectator section.

■  Jacoby Brissett didn’t get a single snap during 11 on 11s, which explained why he had enough energy to do postpractice wind sprints despite the ungodly heat.

■  The starting offensive line was (from left to right): Nate Solder, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and Marcus Cannon. Bryan Stork rotated in at center often.

■  Brady completed 13 of 23 passes and Garoppolo hit on 16 of 28 during the full-team work.

■  Rookie free agent cornerback Jonathan Jones worked in with the first-team defense at times.

■  Former special teams coach Scott O’Brien was an on-field visitor and spent time with coach Bill Belichick, as well as McCourty, Edelman, Patrick Chung, and LeGarrette Blount.

■  Cyrus Jones (returner) and Jonathan Jones (gunner) were impressive during punt drills.

Upcoming schedule

Monday: Joint practice with Bears, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Joint practice with Bears, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Joint practice with Bears, 1:30 p.m.


Thursday: Exhibition game vs. Bears, 8 p.m.

Watch: Ben Volin and Jim McBride from Patriots training camp

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.