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Rookie mini-camp Day 2: Morning notes

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 1, 2010 12:18 PM

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* Judging from the morning session, it's clear that Matt Patricia was in charge of the defense. He was right in the mix of things, running the huddle and reading off a playsheet. Defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was working with his unit off to the side, but since there was never a time when things were 11-on-11, assessing their dynamics between the two wasn't possible.

* Bill O'Brien remains in charge of the offense. He -- and offensive assistant Brian Ferentz, who is spending quite a bit of time with the tight ends though he does not hold the title of tight ends coach -- both gave a great deal of instruction to Aaron Hernandez. Bill Belichick spent a few moments with the fourth-round pick as well.

* Robert and Jonathan Kraft both took in the session; Robert look relaxed, wearing jeans and carrying a cup of coffee. Jonathan arrived with his daughter, both dressed as though they had arrived from soccer practice.

* As the only running back, undrafted Pat Paschall (pictured) gets a lot of personal time with position coach Ivan Fears -- which can be a good and bad thing. Fears is never afraid to speak his mind when he isn't happy with something a player is doing.

* Linebacker Brandon Spikes' instincts have been on display; when the defense lines up against the offense, he often seems to read things quicker than anyone else, and heads in the direction of where the play is going a half-step early. During the offense/defense "tackling drill" -- generally a crowd favorite during training camp but with no tackling this time (not allowed) -- Spikes got beaten by one of the tryout receivers on a quick cut, and immediately jumped to the front of the line for another try.

* Punter Zoltan Mesko met with the media and drew quite the crowd. Others who spent some time with the slightly smaller press crowd today were Zac Robinson, Brandon Deaderick, Jermaine Cunningham, Ross Ventrone and Pat Paschall. Aaron Hernandez was escorted off the field by a team official without stopping.

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