By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots get back to work on Wednesday for day two of minicamp. It’ll again be closed to the public but open to the media. So it’s on us to let the folks know what’s going on out there.
Wednesday shouldn’t be much different from Tuesday, in terms of what reporters will be watching for as practice goes along. Most interesting to see is if any of Tuesday’s absentees will be present. It can be presumed that all absences are excused, considering the mandatory nature of minicamp.
Here are a few things we’ll be watching closely with one day of minicamp in the books.
— Who’s back? Seven players missed practice on Tuesday. We already know at least three of them (Patrick Chung, Demaryius Thomas, Deatrich Wise) are still working through injuries. Rookie offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste is recovering from quad surgery. There’s a little more mystery as to the absences of running backs Sony Michel and Nick Brossette, and safety Nate Ebner. Any of them being present on Wednesday would be a welcome sight.
— Can N’Keal Harry rebound? After looking like the best player on the field at the first open practice of the season last month, Harry didn’t have a great day on Tuesday. He made a couple of catches from Tom Brady and worked to the side with No. 12 for a period. But at times it looked like he wasn’t quite as crisp in team drills. The coaches are working him hard and hammering the details of the offense into him, but growing pains should be expected for a rookie. He’s in position to bounce back on Wednesday.
— Which receiver steps up at all? On Tuesday, the best receiver on the field was Braxton Berrios. We’ll see if he can come close to matching that on Wednesday. Maurice Harris also looked good in team drills, but he has to prove he can stay on the field and do it consistently. It’s shaping up to be a different guy popping every day at receiver. This group already looks better than a year ago, but some consistency would be nice.
— Is Wynn in? Second-year offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was present and apparently a full participant in practice on Tuesday, but was a spectator during team drills. Joe Thuney played some left tackle. It was curious that Wynn looked as if he were limited, but was on the main field the whole time. If anything he can learn about the offense by watching. But if he’s going to be the left tackle, at some point he’ll need to actually get in there. A year after Trent Brown quickly put a stranglehold on the starting left tackle spot, that looks like the most crucial question mark on the roster entering camp.
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