After what seemed a tough couple days for quarterback and offense alike, with Tom Brady and the Patriots' arsenal perhaps showing the effects of a structure-less offense, new Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien still had good things to say, particularly about Chad Ochocinco.
"He's been very professional, works really hard, in the meeting room and on the field," O'Brien said. "He's a competitive guy, takes a lot of pride in it. I'd say that about the whole group of receivers. I think there are 11 of them working right now -- smart guys, competitive guys. Ocho is fitting in. I think he's progressed on a daily basis. Just like everybody else, there are ups and downs in this time of training camp. He's just trying to be as consistent as he can be, like everyone else out there."
Partiots practice Saturday morning ended with first-round pick Nate Solder catching a punt after Rob Gronkowski put on a show in seven-on-sevens earlier in the morning.
Brady said that he's still working out kinks and that there's a lot of work to be done, especially for the younger players, but Solder, who stepped right in on the first team, hasn't shown much in the way of weakness yet.