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Patriots practice 17 observations

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Student assistant Mike Rodak files some of his observations from Friday afternoon’s practice, the Patriots’ 17th of training camp, which was held in full pads and in partly cloudy conditions:

Bodden remains out. Cornerback Leigh Bodden, who did not finish Thursday’s morning practice, was not on the field. He was joined by offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, linebacker Gary Guyton, safety Bret Lockett, wide receiver Matthew Slater, and defensive lineman Ty Warren as players who were not spotted. Meanwhile, four players continued their rehab on the field: defensive linemen Ron Brace and Mike Wright; cornerback Terrence Johnson; and running back Thomas Clayton.

Pryor & Wilhite return. Defensive lineman Myron Pryor (left hand) and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hamstring) returned after missing a string of practices.

Hoyer gets majority of reps. In what would appear to be a move with preparing for the team’s first preseason game in mind, second-year quarterback Brian Hoyer received most of the team’s reps. He had an up-and-down afternoon, tossing a touchdown pass to Randy Moss over the head of safety Brandon Meriweather, but also overthrowing Torry Holt on another end-zone pattern later in practice.

Taylor Price in focus. Wide receiver Taylor Price was a frequent target of Hoyer’s. On one play, Hoyer rolled out to his right and completed a touchdown pass to Price. Yet on another play, a mix-up between Hoyer and Price resulted in Hoyer throwing to the end zone while Price cut back to the sideline. The rookie receiver also dropped a pass during 11-on-11 work and slipped in a 1-on-1 wide receiver vs. cornerback red zone drill, but generally appears to be making progress after getting a late start in offseason minicamps.

Moss usual self. Randy Moss, to no one’s surprise, looks in mid-season form on the practice fields. The veteran wide receiver snagged a touchdown pass from Hoyer as previously mentioned, and also made a difficult sideline catch over two defensive backs – Sergio Brown and Darius Butler – look effortless. Even without Tom Brady seeing much practice time, Moss had a productive practice with Hoyer at quarterback.

Green-Ellis seeing action. With seven running backs on the roster, third-year back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has seen limited reps during 11-on-11 work so far in training camp. At this point, he would appear to be as much on the roster bubble as any other player in camp. With that in mind, the team seemed to feature Green-Ellis more in Friday afternoon’s practice. Look for him to receive a majority of the carries in next week’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, giving him a chance to prove he is worth a roster spot again this season.