■ Absent from New England’s final open practice of the preseason were RBs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead, OL Marcus Cannon, WR Matthew Slater, and LB Harvey Langi.
■ Among the limited participants who did their work on the lower practice field were CBs Ryan Lewis and Duke Dawson, DL Trey Flowers, and WR Kenny Britt.
NEW INJURIES: WR Phillip Dorsett fell on a crossing route during 11-on-11s and went to the medical tent. Though initially worrisome, the right knee injury is not expected to sideline him going forward. TE Dwayne Allen appeared to injure his back getting off the line and blocking, but he returned to drills after receiving medical attention. LBs Trent Harris and Marquis Flowers left practice early with undisclosed ailments.
DRESS CODE: Full pads.
■ Jacob Hollister: The tight end is in a fierce position battle and has stepped up to the challenge. In addition to an acrobatic grab in the end zone, Hollister was a consistent target during 11-on-11s on screen passes and in the flat.
■ Stephon Gilmore: New England’s top cornerback had yet another strong afternoon, deflecting multiple passes in one-on-ones, including a nice play on a pass intended for WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
■ Keion Crossen: Though he did get dusted in one-on-one work lining up opposite WR Julian Edelman, Crossen was the latest defensive back to receive time with the starting unit as a cornerback in the nickel package.
■ Julian Edelman: The normally sure-handed receiver suffered a rare drop during 11-on-11s. Lining up in the slot, Edelman turned to locate a perfect strike from Tom Brady, but the ball went through his fingers and deflected off his helmet.
■ Joe Thuney: The offensive lineman got toasted by DL Malcom Brown in one-on-one trench work.
■ Geneo Grissom: The defensive lineman felt the burn after being stiff-armed by James White on a handoff during 11-on-11s.
QBs Brady and Brian Hoyer took many reps during 11-on-11s. Brady went 16 for 26 and was his usually assertive self while the team practiced the two-minute drill. Hoyer completed 16 of 25 passes but endured some communication issues, including a mistimed out route intended for WR Eric Decker. Rookie Danny Etling’s day was consigned to side work and a walkthrough drive.
Riley McCarron did his best to fill the void when Dorsett was in the medical tent, lining up as the third receiver alongside Edelman and Chris Hogan in the hurry-up drill. Britt spent the early portion of practice with the main group before going to the lower field. He hasn’t completed a full practice after injuring his hamstring in early June.
■ DB Jonathan Jones broke up Brady’s second pass of the afternoon on an attempt over the middle to Decker.
■ Hollister made a stellar grab in the back of the end zone on a looping pass up the seam from Brady. Hollister required full extension to reel the ball in.
■ LB Ja’Whaun Bentley continued his impressive stretch of play. Again getting limited reps alongside the starting LBs, Bentley draped himself over TE Rob Gronkowski and batted a Hoyer pass away from No. 87 on a slant route.
■ WR Braxton Berrios flaunted his strength in a battle with CB Cyrus Jones. Berrios initially bobbled the throw from Hoyer, but he maintained possession when Jones tried to strip the ball, then fell to the ground.
■ TE Will Tye leaped to corral an overthrown pass from Hoyer.
■ CB J.C. Jackson, another strong performer in recent days, hitched himself to the hip of WR Devin Lucien on a deep fade from Hoyer. Jackson broke up the attempt near the pylon.
ODDS AND ENDS
■ Four members of the Bruins were in attendance. Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Donato, Chris Wagner, and Matt Grzelcyk, all of whom grew up in Massachusetts or went to college in the area, chatted with players on the field after practice concluded.
■ Matt Tobin received reps as the backup left tackle with rookie Isaiah Wynn on the right side.
■ Perhaps to simulate the raucous decibel levels of a meaningful game, the Patriots blared music from the loud speakers at points during 11-on-11s. Brady had to shout instructions to teammates over the distinct opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”
■ Attendance was strong on a balmy day after back-to-back rainy afternoons in Foxborough. Tuesday was the last time members of the public will be able to attend a practice this season.
Wednesday: Team walkthrough.
Thursday: Preseason Game No. 2 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
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