WR Cody Hollister (upper body), DT Josh Augusta (unknown), both undrafted rookies, were absent.
WRs Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell and DB David Jones were in full pads but did the majority of their work on the lower field. Same goes for DB Duron Harmon (lower body), RB Mike Gillislee, and TE James O’Shaughnessy. Amendola did participate in early drills.
LB Dont’a Hightower and DT Alan Branch (PUP); and rookie OT Andrew Jelks (NFI) again were in sweats and also did their work on the rehab field.
NEW INJURIES: WR/special teams ace Matthew Slater retreated to the medical tent gingerly and then left practice with a member of the staff; WR Chris Hogan had an ice pack strapped to his right knee late in practice; WR Julian Edelman took off his right cleat and was attended to by head trainer Jim Whalen for a bit before returning to practice; C David Andrews appeared to get banged up late in the session, as well.
DRESS CODE: Full pads.
■ Jonathan Jones: The second-year cornerback has really looked sharp during the first week, and on Wednesday he intercepted Tom Brady’s final pass and earlier deflected a Brady toss.
■ Cyrus Jones: Another second-year corner, he’s been active and involved all week, and Wednesday was no different. He muffed his first punt return of camp but has been flawless ever since.
■ Brandon Bolden: Hey, we ran out of Joneses. With Gillislee on the rehab field, the sixth-year veteran got some extra reps and looked spry, quickly identifying lanes and getting around the corner.
■ Tom Brady: The soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback didn’t have his sharpest day, with some short hops and overthrows. He ended his day by getting picked off by Jonathan Jones in the end zone.
■ Geneo Grissom: Nothing egregious, but he jumped early during a one-on-one drill and knocked a defenseless Dwayne Allen to the ground. He ran a penalty lap.
■ Kyle Van Noy: The linebacker got beat in coverage on a wheel route that ended with James White catching a Brady touchdown pass.
■ New receiver K.J. Maye made a nifty bobbling catch of a Jacoby Brissett pass over the middle that had been tipped by cornerback Justin Coleman.
■ Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Hogan on a deep ball down the left sideline despite good coverage from Eric Rowe. Hogan spun the ball on the turf to celebrate.
■ Edelman made a diving catch of a Brissett pass (with Stephon Gilmore in coverage).
■ Kenny Moore II had a nice pass break-up on a Brissett throw to Edelman, arriving just as the ball did to knock it away.
■ Brady’s best throw of the day was an end zone fade to White with Harvey Langi in coverage. Brady pumped his fist after the catch.
ODDS AND ENDS
■ Brady practiced shotgun snaps with Andrews and tossed the balls back to the center lefthanded. Not shockingly, they were decent spirals.
■ Fullback James Develin and Langi had a thunderous showdown during a one-on-one blocking drill. We’d call it a draw.
■ Develin was one of several players to speak with former Patriots fullback Heath Evans after practice. Evans now works for NFL Network.
■ Nick Caserio and Stephen Belichick ran receiver routes during an early interception drill for the defensive backs.
■ With Harmon limited, Jordan Richards got a lot of run at safety. Richards has had a very strong week.
■ Moore flew down the field as the gunner on one kickoff, prompting assistant special teams coach Bubba Ventrone to bellow an enthusiastic, “Nice play, Kenny!”
■ It was hot and sticky at Fort Foxborough, but that didn’t stop kicker Stephen Gostkowski from wearing a thin hoodie under his uniform.
■ Brooks Ellis was one of the last players off the field. The rookie linebacker did some extra work and then had to haul three of his teammates’ shoulder pads and helmets back to the locker room.
Thursday: Practice, 9:15 a.m.
Jim McBride can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org