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Patriots and Bears take it easy on each other

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Elise Amendola


 TE Rob Gronkowski, LB/DE Shea McClellin, DE Jabaal Sheard, RBs Dion Lewis, G Jonathan Cooper, and OT 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 and Jackson didn’t wear shells or helmets.


DRESS CODE: Shorts and shells.


Julian Edelman: For the second consecutive practice, the receiver looked crisp and comfortable as he went through all the paces. He may have signed for every fan in the house on the final day of open practices, too.

Cre’von LeBlanc: The undrafted rookie came up with a late interception during the final session of 11-on-11s. It wasn’t as spectacular as his pick against the Saints, but the Florida Atlantic kid is making a push.

Ebner: Participated in team drills for the first time this summer — he was on the hands team during onside kick exercises — and also worked at length with conditioning coach Moses Cabrera as he transitions back to football.


 Chris Long: This has nothing to do with his performance, but, man, that cutoff gray-sweatpants-and-hoodie ensemble was ghastly. Pretty sure brother Kyle was embarrassed.

The kickers: Both Stephen Gostkowski and Robbie Gould missed chip shots at the end of two-minute drills.

 The stadium DJ: He chose AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock” as the walkup song, but there was very little rocking at the session. It would have been better suited for Monday or Tuesday’s chip-fest.


Not a lot for this category, as the teams staged a glorified walkthrough with a lot of emphasis on special teams. There was a lot of work on kickoffs, specifically onside kicks and shorter "pooch" kickoffs as teams grapple with how to deal with the new touchback rule that puts the ball at the 25-yard line.

The most entertaining play of the day brought back memories of the famous Cal-Stanford runback. Chris Hogan handled the kickoff and lateraled to Edelman, who lateraled to Cyrus Jones. The rookie flipped it back to Edelman, who sent it to Hogan, who then flipped it back to Edelman, who skipped his way through the mass of humanity and the tuba player and into the end zone.


 Tom Brady showed nice lateral movement on a touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson during a seven-on-seven red zone drill.

 Jimmy Garoppolo hummed a pass through the staffers who were trying to disrupt him and hit A.J. Derby in the end zone.

 Martellus Bennett hauled in a Garoppolo pass in the back of the end zone to cap a two-minute drill that was done at half-speed (which sounds like something Yogi Berra would say).


 Brady arrived at the field with Bears outside linebacker Lamarr Houston. The latter is best remembered in these parts for tearing an ACL during a celebratory dance after sacking Garoppolo while the Bears were down, 48-23, in 2014.

Brady worked one-on-one with veteran receiver Nate Washington, who has rebounded with a solid week of practice after a slow start to camp because of illness.

 Former special teams coach Scott O’Brien, wearing Patriots gear, was on hand for his fourth straight practice.

 Brady had a lengthy chat with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia as Garoppolo ran drills. At the same time, Edelman went over things with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and director of player personnel/camp quarterback Nick Caserio.

 Brady later worked with Edelman and Hogan, with receivers coach Chad O’Shea supervising. Edelman flipped the ball over the crossbar (like a basketball layup) after his end zone catches.


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

Jim McBride

Video: Wednesday's training camp report

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com