By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Braxton Berrios is getting his second NFL training camp off to an early start. The Patriots second-year wide receiver has already arrived in Foxborough to begin preparation for the 2019 season, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Berrios wasn’t expected to report to camp for the Patriots until July 24, the deadline for all veterans. Rookies report July 21. The Patriots recently announced their first public practices to take place on July 25-27, when the gates will open at 8 a.m. with practice starting around 9:15.
After putting on an impressive performance at June’s minicamp, which was open to reporters, Berrios is obviously looking for a head start on a big opportunity in front of him. The sophomore receiver out of Miami caught just about everything thrown his way in team drills as he aims for a backup slot receiver spot behind Julian Edelman.
Besides Edelman and rookie first-round pick N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State, no receivers are locks to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster out of camp. So Berrios is competing for 2-3 spots with the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas, Dontrelle Inman, Maurice Harris, Damoun Patterson, and three undrafted rookies: Ryan Davis out of Auburn, Jakobi Meyers out of N.C. State, and Gunner Olszewski out of Bemidji State.
The Patriots placed Berrios on injured reserve as part of their Sept. 1 roster cutdowns, essentially redshirting the receiver for his rookie season. Now with a solid minicamp under his belt and an early arrival at training camp for year two, Berrios has a spot on the main roster in his sights.
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