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Monday’s practice report: A workout before hitting the road

Jimmy Garoppolo hands off to Rex Burkhead at Monday’s practice.nicholas pfosi/for the Globe


DT Alan Branch was taken off Physically Unable to Perform and returned to practice. WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and TE James O’Shaughnessy also returned to normal practice participation.

WR Matthew Slater, S Brandon King, TE Matt Lengel, and OT Tony Garcia were not spotted at practice. DE Deatrich Wise (head) was not in uniform but did conditioning drills with teammates.

LT Nate Solder, RB Mike Gillislee, LB Shea McClellin, and DE Keionta Davis performed conditioning drills on the lower field, as did LB Dont’a Hightower, who remains on PUP.

OT Andrew Jelks remains on Non-Football Injury.

DB Damarius Travis and WR Cody Hollister wore red noncontact jerseys.



DRESS CODE: Shorts and shells.


■  DE/OLB Harvey Langi: With McClellin banged up and Kony Ealy still relegated to second-team duty, Langi received a lot of work with the first-team defense at Rob Ninkovich’s old strong-side edge spot.

■  OT LaAdrian Waddle: Whether it was a sign of his play or just his turn in the rotation, Waddle received considerably more work with the starting offense than his primary competition, Cameron Fleming. The two are likely battling for one spot.

■  TE James O’Shaughnessy: The athletic third-year tight end has been limited in camp and didn’t play in the preseason opener, but he reentered the lineup Monday and made some nice catches. The Patriots traded a fifth-round pick for him.


■ CB Cyrus Jones: He looks completely buried on the depth chart at this point, behind Jonathan Jones, Eric Rowe, Justin Coleman, and Kenny Moore for three cornerback spots.

■  DE Geneo Grissom: He was running with the starting defense early in camp, but has been relegated to backup duty of late and didn’t make any impact in the preseason opener.

■  DT Lawrence Guy: Alan Branch’s gain is Guy’s loss, as Branch will now cut into Guy’s practice time with the first team. Branch played with the second team Monday but will regain a starting spot in a matter of time.



■ Chris Hogan had the catch of the day on a deep rainbow from Tom Brady, hauling in the pass despite tight coverage from Malcolm Butler. But Hogan may not have gotten both feet inbounds.

■  Julian Edelman had an impressive catch on a bullet from Brady over the middle, leaping up to his right and snagging the ball against tight coverage from Stephon Gilmore.

■  Brady hit Malcolm Mitchell deep down the left sideline for about 35 yards, beating double coverage from Gilmore and Devin McCourty.

■ Jimmy Garoppolo threw an absolute dart over the middle that went right through Duron Harmon’s hands and was caught by Danny Amendola for about 18 yards.

■  Brady threw a perfect back-shoulder pass to Brandin Cooks down the left sideline for about 15 yards. Gilmore was in tight coverage but had no chance.

■  Gilmore got some payback with a really nice pass breakup on a square-in from Brady to Cooks.


■ Practice lasted only 90 minutes, as the Patriots prepped for two days of physical practices with the Texans. The team headed to West Virginia Monday afternoon.

■  This was the last practice open to the public and media during training camp.

■ Gilmore was one of a handful of players to sign autographs after practice.

■ Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was a visitor to practice.


■  Bill Belichick finished his day with conditioning runs up the hill on the back of the practice fields.


■  Tuesday-Thursday: Joint practices with Texans, at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

■ Friday: No practice.

■ Saturday: Preseason game at Texans, 8 p.m.


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