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Picture-perfect practice against Bears

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (left) mugs it up with a group of football players from Dean College after practice Tuesday. Jim Davis/Globe Staff


■  TE Rob Gronkowski, LB/DE Shea McClellin, DE Jabaal Sheard, RBs Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden, G Jonathan Cooper, and T Sebastian Vollmer were not spotted.

■  WRs Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin, and Danny Amendola, RBs Donald Brown and D.J. Foster, S Nate Ebner, TE Bryce Williams, DE Rob Ninkovich, and G Tre’ Jackson all retreated to the conditioning field after team stretches and light running. Amendola, Jackson, and Ebner did not wear pads.


■  TE Clay Harbor walked off with a trainer with an apparent lower-body injury after a questionable hit by Bears LB Sam Acho. Harbor was seen walking after practice without any noticeable problem.


DRESS CODE: Full pads


■  Julian Edelman: The Patriots’ top receiver had his most productive practice of the summer. He participated in every drill (including 11-on-11s for the first time) and looked sharp.

■  Chris Long: The veteran defensive end played like his hair was on fire, applying consistent pocket pressure and twice making Jay Cutler scramble for the sideline. He would have had several sacks in a real game.

■  Jacoby Brissett: These are lonely times for the rookie QB, who has been almost an afterthought during the joint practices, but he did go 7 of 9 in a late 11-on-11 drill.


■  Bryan Stork: The third-year center was sent to the locker room after a pretty violent shoving match with Chicago linebacker John Timu. For what it’s worth, Stork did land the heavier pushes.

■  Tracy Porter: The Bears cornerback was a step slow all day and was twice beaten badly in his one-one-one matchups with Edelman.

Harold Jones-Quartey: The second-year Bears safety from the football factory that is the University of Findlay landed a cheap shoulder shot on an unsuspecting Edelman, dropping him to the turf. Jones-Quartey was removed from practice, but not the field.



■ Gunner Matthew Slater beat Ryan Allen’s punt (and Bears blockers Darrin Peterson and Bryce Callahan) down the field on one trip and accidentally wiped out punt returner Kieren Duncan. Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, but I’d like to see him race Slater with both in full pads and two guys trying to block them.

■  Edelman left Timu in the dust before he snagged a quick dart over the middle from Tom Brady. Edelman also snatched a Brady pass that deflected off Martellus Bennett’s hands in the back of the end zone.

■  WR Nate Washington beat his man and grabbed a Brady laser, prompting a “great job Nate!” screech from his quarterback.

■  Alshon Jeffery beat Malcolm Butler on a left sideline go route and hauled in a perfect spiral from Cutler during a one-on-one battle.


■  During one poorly executed punt coverage rep, a Bears staffer howled, “You did everything wrong! Get back in the huddle.” It wasn’t clear if he meant one particular player or all 11.

■  Jimmy Garoppolo completed just 4 of 9 passes during 11-on-11 work, while Brady was 5 of 8. Chicago’s Cutler was 5 of 6.

■  Rookie tight end Steven Scheu (pronounced “shoy”) has had a pretty quiet camp, but made a couple of nice grabs during Brissett’s lone 11-on-11 possession.

■  Bill Belichick and Brady spent time chatting with Bears offensive assistant Ben (brother of Josh) McDaniels.

■  Patriots rookie LB Elandon Roberts lugged Jamie Collins’s helmet and pads after practice.


■  Center David Andrews bear-hugged (bad pun intended) Chicago rookie LB Leonard Floyd after practice. Both were Georgia Bulldogs.

■ Members of the Dean College football squad took in practice and were saluted by LeGarrette Blount afterward.


Wednesday: Joint practice with Bears, 10 a.m.

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

Jim McBride

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