So it rained Wednesday.
Just what the New England Patriots needed. The Patriots held their joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles as scheduled - okay, five hours earlier than it was originally scheduled - in the rain and the wind.
As Tom Brady said afterward, "It was kind of a New England-type day. We had a bunch of these last year, and really for the most part the weather has been great all camp. It’s good to get work in like this."
The wind pushed the rain sideways at times, making it tough to kick. The rain made the ball slick, causing problems for receivers. But the players know that no one's going to stop a game just because of a little rain.
"You're going to deal with it sometime this year,'' said wide receiver Brandon LaFell. "You've got 16 games and one of those games is going to be a wet-ball game. So situations like this is going to get us prepared for when it's a real game.''
Both Brady and LaFell remarked that this was the best weather they've had for training camp.
Of course, LaFell is from Houston ("In high school, it was hot.'') and played at LSU ("even hotter'') and last played for Carolina ("It was hot'').
- Before the teams went out for practice, Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly met with the media and was asked what the teams planned to do because of the rain. "We'll put on galoshes and go play.''
- Because of the rain and a forecast for thunder and lightning, the Patriots cancelled Wednesday's open practice. Fans weren't allowed in.
But because that was going to be the last open practice of the preseason, the Patriots decided to open up another.
So Monday's practice will be open to the public. It will run from 2-4:30 p.m.
- Fans looking to attend Friday night's preseason game with the Eagles are reminded of the NFL's clear bag policy. For more information, go to www.NFL.com/allclear.
- And finally, Tom Brady may have offered up too much information during his meeting with the press when asked if he was affected by the alternating play of Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell at center.
"No, it doesn’t (affect him). I’ve got confidence in those guys. I love both Dan and Wendy; I love those guys. They work so hard. The center-quarterback relationship is a pretty special one. I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have.''