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The most important thing to happen at the Patriots’ offseason practices last week was something that didn’t happen at all.
It wasn’t that Tom Brady began developing a rapport with a new stable of receivers. Or that rookie receiver Aaron Dobson made a couple of fantastic catches. Or that defensive backs Ras-I Dowling and Steve Gregory made impressive plays on the football.
No, it was this: In 90 minutes of football practice, no one suffered a serious injury. Fans and media like to obsess over which players perform well, and which don’t, in the offseason workouts. “It all starts now,” linebacker Rob Ninkovich said. Realistically, though, the positives of OTAs have little impact during the season, but the negatives can have a lasting and crippling effect.