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Live coverage: Patriots open camp

FOXBOROUGH — Chris Price and I are on the scene at Gillette and we'll bring you any big happenings on the practice field.

Note: Due to media policies our in-practice observations are limited, but we'll have a thorough breakdown following the session.

Here we go:

  • First player on the field in 2017 was Tony Garcia, the third-round pick out of Troy.
  • Tom Brady, as usual, got a huge cheer when he took the field, and he acknowledged it with a wave. Brady is always in great shape, but looks even more wiry strong at least to me. He also seems eager to get started.
  • Rob Gronkowski was one of the last to take the field, and also got a lot of cheers.
  • DC Matt Patrcia is having a long discussion during stretching with LB David Harris. Think those two are going to enjoy each other this season. Both football brainiacs.
  • Undrafted WR Austin Carr made a sweet twisting catch to end the goal line drill that pitted the WRs vs. the DBs. The DBs lost, so they had to do pushups.

That play:

Others from the same drill:

  • Carr has been the star of day one, with several nice catches.
  • Gronkowski is his usual dominating self, and is having a grand old time between plays. He even acknowledged a young lady in the stands that brought a "Future Mrs. Gronkowski" sign.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo looks completely at ease with everything. He's being patient in his reads, and throwing the ball with great anticipation.
  • Jonathan Jones is getting a long look as the Patriots search for that third corner.
  • Brandin Cooks showed exactly why he's here when Brady pump faked down the middle and then hit Cooks over the top down the sideline for a touchdown in 11-on-11.
  • Rex Burkhead seems to be getting a long look as the two-minute RB. Probably trying to get him up to speed. James White and Dion Lewis know the drill.
  • No sign of Rob Ninkovich or Kony Ealy today.
  • The Patriots have signed WR Tony Washington. Washington, 26, was on the Jaguars and appeared in six games. One pass for 9 yards.

Practice is about to wrap up. We'll be back with more.