Momma said there'd be days like this.
Against a secondary no longer featuring its top three cornerbacks from a year ago, backup Jimmy Garoppolo uncorked a whopping five interceptions.
Four of those picks came in the all-important two-minute drill. For comparison purposes, the Boston Herald marked Brady as 14-of-15 with one drop in the same drill.
The team's official website noted that Garoppolo struggled with "slow reads, balls thrown behind intended targets, late throws and turnovers."
It's not realistic to expect a greenhorn Garoppolo to match Brady, who has made an art out of the two-minute drill in recent years. It's also unfair to overemphasize poor play in one session out of an entire offseason.
That said, Thursday's practice is a reminder that the Patriots are at a considerable competitive disadvantage without their most valuable player in September.
Here's what else we learned in Thursday's OTAs:
- The quarterback winds are shifting again in Philadelphia. It appeared last week that Sam Bradford's surgically repaired knee might not be strong enough to hold off Mark Sanchez this summer. Now offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur insists the Eagles are "very confident" that Bradford will be "ready to go when it's time to play for real."
- Returning to his first practice since breaking his foot last November, Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson caught coach Gus Bradley's eye. "Sometimes you come back from an injury like that and you wonder about the confidence level," Bradley said. "He's playing with a lot of confidence ... He has some ownership and he's going to take advantage of his opportunities."