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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:05

10 Thoughts on New England Patriots Training Camp, Day 4

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Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports

10 thoughts on Monday's practice, the fourth of Patriots' training camp and the second in full pads. 

Leon Washington and Danny Amendola look very, very smooth returning punts.

The run defense looks excellent. (Or is it that the run offense looks terrible?) Either way, the Pats front seven consistently stonewalled the first team o’s run attempts – regardless of the back.

Ryan Mallet looked dreadful against the second team D.

Tim Tebow was even worse. It’s not the throws – though they are inconsistent too – it’s that Tebow takes 7-8 seconds before getting rid of the ball. To be fair, Tebow has thrown a nice deep ball consistently.

Tight end Zach Sudfeld could be the Hernandez replacement. He looks like he is playing at a different speed than the other tight ends.

Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui look solid too. Jake Ballard looks slow, but he’s huge and used his body a few times to shield the defender and bring in the catch. Hooman had fantastic one-handed grab with a linebacker draped across his back.

Aqib Talib and Danny Amendola continue their excellent training camp battle. In 7-on-7 drills, Amendola got a step on Talib on a deep pass but couldn’t come down with it. Next time up Amendola tried to shake Talib twice, couldn’t, but still made the catch.

LeGarrette Blount looks awful. Rookie first-round pick Jamie Collins almost knocked him on his back coming through the line and then stripped him of the ball immediately after he caught it in 2-on-2 passing drills.

Jermaine Cunningham continues to struggle. In one-on-one drills he was routinely stuffed but Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer. he tried to beat Vollmer on a speed rush but got stopped dead in his tracks and his bull rush against Cannon came to a similar conclusion.

Tom Brady looks great. Is that news? I suppose not, but watching Mallett and Tebow struggle with no pass rush (and sometimes no defense at all), it’s worth remembering and appreciating how good number 12 still is.