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Training camp stock report: Zach Sudfeld continues to emerge with Rob Gronkowski absent

Posted by Erik Frenz  July 30, 2013 05:38 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tuesday marked the Patriots' fifth practice session of training camp, with the team dressed in full pads for the third consecutive day. The team has Wednesday off before returning to practice on Thursday at 2:20.

Many players are carrying positive momentum into the break, and others could use the day off as a "reset" button.

Stock up:

Chandler Jones: Went 3-0 against left tackle Nate Solder in one-on-one pass-rush drills, and crashed the pocket early in the 11-on-11 session with the first-team. His ankle seems to no longer be an issue.

Zach Sudfeld: Had a drop of a Tom Brady pass in the first 11-on-11 session, but made the play of the day on a diving one-handed reception of a Tom Brady pass in the back of the end zone, with safety Adrian Wilson in tight coverage.

Tom Brady: Struggled on Monday night, but rebounded with a sharp performance. He went seven-for-11 with two touchdowns in 11-on-11 work, and was sacked once, but three of his four incompletions were drops by Sudfeld, running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Danny Amendola.

Stock down:

Jake Bequette: After spending his rookie season essentially as a red-shirt, the 2012 third-round pick has seen most of his action with the second and third team. With defensive ends Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Justin Francis and Jermaine Cunningham all getting reps ahead of Bequette, it could be a long climb up.

Stephon Morris: Cornerback was beat twice in one-on-one coverage drills, allowing receptions to Josh Boyce and Lavelle Hawkins. Morris came up limping after giving up the catch to Hawkins, and was on the sideline for the remainder of practice.

Brandon Bolden: The second-year back has missed two consecutive practices for undisclosed reasons, and LeGarrette Blount has received Bolden's reps in his stead. In a battle with four other talented backs, Bolden can ill afford further absences.

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