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Training camp stock report: Brandon Bolden falling off the map?

Posted by Erik Frenz  August 12, 2013 05:51 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots returned to the practice field at Gillette Stadium on Monday after practicing in Philadelphia with the Eagles leading up to their first preseason game. The practice was a brisk walkthrough with the players donning shells and shorts.

Here's a look at some players who had a great practice and some others who struggled.

Stock up:

TE Daniel Fells: Caught a pair of touchdowns in 7-on-7 work, one against linebacker Brandon Spikes and another against safety Tavon Wilson, had an impressive catch down the seam against safety Adrian Wilson, and caught a touchdown in 11-on-11 work.

DL Marcus Benard: Continued to earn reps with the first-team defense in his role as an interior pass-rusher in a four-man line. Coaches must have been pleased with his performance against the Eagles, in which he logged a sack of quarterback Dennis Dixon and had another QB pressure in the contest.

WR Danny Amendola: May be redundant to mention at this point, but this was an especially strong practice for the Patriots' best receiver. His chemistry with Tom Brady seems to be hitting stride, and the wide-out caught everything that was thrown his way, routinely making impressive leaping catches and even had a nifty one-handed grab in passing drills.

Stock down:

WR Kamar Aiken: Lost sight of a catchable pass on a ball in flight in a passing drill, and dropped another pass from Tim Tebow (yes, a catchable one). Aiken started strong, but didn't get many reps with the first-team offense in the game against the Eagles.

RB Brandon Bolden: Was spotted in special teams drills while the rest of the running backs worked on their blocking (he was called for running into the kicker in Friday's game). Also dropped a pass in the end zone in 7-on-7 drills. He started off training camp as the front-runner for the fourth spot at running back, but with LeGarrette Blount's emergence, Bolden may become expendable.

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Runs mainly with the second- and third-team offense, at this point, with Zach Sudfeld and Daniel Fells getting a majority of the reps ahead of him. There could be a little battle developing between Hoomanawanui and Jake Ballard for the third tight end spot, if the team opts not to carry four tight ends into the season.

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