FOXBORO -- The Patriots held the first of two practice sessions at Gillette Stadium on Monday before they depart for Nashville and joint practices with the Titans Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday's session is a walkthrough, so this was a fairly intense session held in full pads.
Absent: N'Keal Harry, Matt LaCosse, D'Angelo Ross
Present, but not participating: Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Cameron Meredith
Red non-contact jersey: Lance Kendricks, Patrick Chung
Returned: Nate Ebner, Ken Webster, Rex Burkhead, Cole Croston
Here are some quick observations.
-- There were a lot of injury updates beginning with Ebner and Webster coming off PUP and then the team apparently bringing back Croston. To make room on the roster for him, it appears Ross was released. The team will also need to make another move after reportedly trading for Falcons tight end Eric Saubert earlier in the day. One possibility could be placing LaCosse on injured reserve. Harry was expected to miss some time after suffering an injury in Thursday's preseason game.
-- The biggest takeaway was tackle Isaiah Wynn participating in full-contact drills for the first time this summer. The second-year player split first-team reps with Dan Skipper, but that could just be until he works his way fully back from a conditioning perspective. This is the biggest sign we've seen that points to him being ready for Week 1 against the Steelers. It will be worth watching how much he does in Nashville, as if he's a full go, that is a good indication the team feels he will be ready.
-- Undrafted rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers continues to impress. He had a diving catch on a pass from Brian Hoyer and then made a nice back shoulder catch on a throw from Tom Brady. Brady and him continue to work on their chemistry and the NC State product is beginning to fall into the lock category.
-- Skipper and Michael Bennett appeared to get into it during 1-on-1 drills with Skipper flipping the bird in the direction of Bennett. Nothing ensued afterwards, though.
-- It was a pretty sloppy day for the quarterbacks, as there were a number of interceptions, including two from Stephon Gilmore. Brady did look himself in 11-on-11 work, while Hoyer took a step back after his impressive showing in Detroit. The same can be said for Jarrett Stidham, who threw two interceptions on passes intended for Danny Etling.
-- Maurice Harris had a rare drop on what would have been a very easy reception, but he later made a leaping catch over Gilmore.
-- Jonathan Jones continued his solid summer by standing out in 1-on-1 work.
-- Cornerback Joejuan Williams had perhaps his best practice of the summer. He was very active and made a few plays. This comes after he saw a lot of snaps against the Lions.
-- Players returning punts were: Braxton Berrios, Rex Burkhead, Gunner Olszewski and Meyers. Returning kicks were Berrios and Phillip Dorsett. It was good to see Burkhead back on the field after missing time last week in Detroit. It is also noteworthy that Burkhead was returning punts, as that potentially could take a roster spot away from someone else.
-- Meyers, a former college QB, also worked on his throwing arm after practice by throwing passes to the defensive backs.
-- Guests at practice were Bruce Cassidy and Jon Bon Jovi.