Today is not only birthday eve for our soon to be 42 year old QB, but it was also the 8th and last day of open training camp for a few days, as the Patriots get ready to head off to Detroit for their pre-season game against the Lions.
Today's practice was a very light, non-padded affair, likely to get the team mentally ready for their first pre-season game. The highlight play of the day came from a sideline snag hauled in by Brandon Bolden on a rainbow throw from Brian Hoyer.
On a high note, rookie Jarrett Stidham was the best passer on the day, nicely going 6 for 9 on 11-on-11's. Brady and Hoyer went 9 for 16 with an INT, and 1 for 5 respectively.
Another point to note from today's practice, was Sony Michel's work in the passing game. Michel caught 5 balls in today's drills, so it looks like the recovery from his knee issues appears to be going well.
Matt LaCosse and Phillip Dorsett had a forgettable day, as LaCosse finished without a catch and had a real tough false start call. Dorsett really struggled in gaining any separation today, and only brought in 1 catch.
Stephon Gilmore has been targeted 6 times throughout camp, none of which have been completed. Derek Rivers is working his way back into the system, as he has had some solid success in 1-on-1 drills.
The Patriots will now be heading out to Detroit to prepare for their matchup with the Lions. The two teams will also take part in joint practices throughout the week.