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Tuesday’s Patriots practice report: Weather and Hoyer are hot

Brian Hoyer went 14 for 19 during 11-on-11s.
Brian Hoyer went 14 for 19 during 11-on-11s.John Tlumacki/globe staff


■   RT Marcus Cannon, RB Sony Michel, G Jason King, and LB Harvey Langi were not spotted. This was the first camp practice Langi has missed.

■  S Nate Ebner and CBs Jonathan Jones and Cyrus Jones, who started camp on the PUP list, were in full pads for the first time this summer. They would have been classified as “limited” had this been a regular-season practice. Ditto for WR Kenny Britt, who came off the PUP last week.

■   Defensive end Trey Flowers, who said last week he is dealing “with nothing too much” after leaving Friday’s practice early, also did his work on the lower field.


NEW INJURIES: G Brian Schwenke left the sweaty session roughly midway through. He walked slowly — but under his own power — to the locker room. Schwenke also left practice early last week but was back the next day.

DRESS CODE: Full pads.


■  Ralph Webb: In what was perhaps a precursor to his workload for Thursday night’s exhibition opener, the rookie running back took a ton of handoffs and even caught some passes. An ice bath and a good night’s sleep were likely the next two things on his itinerary.

■  Eric Decker: The new receiver caught his first pass as a Patriot, grabbing an intermediate route over the middle from Brian Hoyer.

■  Hoyer: The veteran was locked in during his periods, completing 14 of 19 passes during 11-on-11 work. Perhaps his best throw was a back-shoulder dart to Phillip Dorsett, who had turned on a dime and left cornerback Jomal Wiltz grabbing at air.


■  Jeremy Hill: The big back had the ball ripped out of his hands by Keionta Davis after letting up at the end of a run. He ran a penalty lap for the infraction.


■   Eric Rowe: The cornerback lost one ball in the sun during individual drills, then dropped another and did some punishment pushups.

■  Danny Etling: The rookie quarterback had one rough stretch against the top defense, with Dont’a Hightower picking off his first pass and Stephon Gilmore batting down (and nearly picking) his second one.

Etling (left) and Brady check things out.
Etling (left) and Brady check things out.john tlumacki/globe staff


Tom Brady again saw limited action in full-team snaps, going 4 of 7. He was 8 of 12 overall. Hoyer was 15 of 22 overall. Etling received a ton of snaps and completed 19 of 29 passes in full-team work. He’ll likely get the bulk of the snaps Thursday night.


Devin Lucien got one of the biggest cheers of the day when he made a diving over-the-shoulder end-zone catch of an Etling toss. He has a lot of guys ahead of him on the depth chart, but Lucien has had a very steady camp.


■   Julian Edelman secured a bobbling ball and kept his feet inbounds on a pass from Brady.

■  Braxton Berrios showed nice concentration and body control by snagging an Etling pass that was deflected by Jordan Richards.

■  The rookies connected again when Berrios made a diving, sliding catch across the middle.

■   Ted Karras did yeoman work holding off Danny Shelton (who has been a beast all camp) during the one-on-one trench-warfare drills.

■   Adrian Clayborn bull-rushed Trent Brown during the one-on-ones, and it may have been the big left tackle’s first loss of camp. Brown bounced back on the next round and walled off Clayborn.


■   Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a beautiful seam pass after the defense forgot to cover the big tight end.

■  Riley McCarron made a nice sideline grab of a Hoyer pass that was deflected at the line.

■   McCarron also dusted rookie Duke Dawson on a long TD pass from Hoyer.

■  Edelman shook rookie Keion Crossen and snagged a Hoyer toss at the sideline.

■   J.C. Jackson ripped the ball out of a falling Chris Hogan’s hands after the receiver had grabbed Hoyer’s pass.

Gronkowski pulls in a pass.
Gronkowski pulls in a pass.john tlumacki/globe staff


■  Ebner, Jonathan Jones, Cyrus Jones, and Britt participated in individual drills before retreating to the conditioning field.

■  Cyrus Jones did extensive work fielding punts and looked completely comfortable.

■  Jonathan Jones and Ebner worked together on special teams skills, with Jones acting as the gunner and Ebner working to block him.

■  The Judge boys were back to shag punts from Ryan Allen and Corey Bojorquez under the watchful eye of their father, special teams coordinator Joe Judge.

■   Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest took in practice and chatted with coach Bill Belichick after the workout. McGinest still looks like he could play a few snaps.


Wednesday: Practice, 1 p.m.

Thursday: Preseason game No. 1 vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.


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