By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Full disclosure: I am not in Detroit this week. But plenty of great Patriots reporters are, so I’m here to collect their great reporting for one place. Just wanted to be up front about that, here.
Check below for live Twitter updates from the Patriots and Lions’ joint practice at the practice areas by Ford Field. There should be plenty of highlights from competitive drills between the two teams, who square off in preseason action on Thursday.
— Rookie DE Chase Winovich is turning heads in competitive drills against the Lions offensive line.
Chase Winovich making plays. He just pushed OT Tyrell Crosby straight into Tom Savage and knocked him over.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 5, 2019
— Sign of the apocalypse: Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore allowed a catch. Lions QB Matthew Stafford connected with ex-Patriots receiver Danny Amendola. Gilmore had yet to allow a catch in competitive drills before that.
And on the ninth day, Stephon Gilmore finally surrendered a completion. Matthew Stafford connected with Danny Amendola on a tight throw against Gilmore, who hadn’t allowed a catch on eight targets in camp, including two today.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 5, 2019
— Patriots rookie punter Jake Bailey boomed a kick that hung in the air for a good 5.09 seconds. His power is undeniable. The question for him is consistency and putting more touch on the ball in certain situations. He still has a good chance to win the job, considering how strongly the Patriots targeted him in the draft.
First punt of the day for Jake Bailey: 5.09 seconds of hang time. He’s got a boot. #Patriots— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) August 5, 2019
— Patriots rookie CB D’Angelo Ross got beat by Lions first-round rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson. Ross had been turning heads with some strong performances in Foxboro. Little humble pie for the undrafted corner out of New Mexico.
T.J. Hockenson (6-5, 247 pounds) beat D'Angelo Ross (5-9, 190) for a touchdown in 7-on-7s. That's juuuuust a bit of a mismatch.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 5, 2019
— Notable personnel in Patriots’ first-team reps in 11-on-11 drills: left tackle Dan Skipper, running back Sony Michel, tight end Matt LaCosse.
Pats offense opens 11s vs Lions with Dan Skipper at LT, Sony Michel at RB, Matt LaCosse at TE— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) August 5, 2019
— In competitive 1-on-1s between Patriots receivers and Lions cornerbacks, Harry and Meyers won their first reps.
N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers just made excellent leaping catches vs. Lions CBs in 1-on-1s. Meyers hit the ground so hard after his that his helmet popped off.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 5, 2019
— Reunited and it feeels so goood.
— So about Jakobi Meyers returning kicks…
Meyers just muffed a punt. We'll see how long the experiment lasts.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 5, 2019
— Tackle Isaiah Wynn is sitting out competitive 1-on-1 drills. It continues to be a slow build for the second-year pro out of Georgia, who still projects to become the starting left tackle at some point.
Isaiah Wynn isn't taking part in competitive 1-on-1s with the rest of the Patriots O-linemen. Still working his way back.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 5, 2019
— Not cool, Lions.
The Lions say want their own culture, one distinctly different from the #Patriots. And then they go blaring "This is Our House " at practice.— Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) August 5, 2019
— Undrafted rookie WR Jakobi Meyers participated in punt return drills as a returner along with N’Keal Harry, Braxton Berrios, and Gunner Olszewski. This is a new development for Meyers, who has been the definition of “getting better every day” in camp.
Jakobi Meyers was fielding punts with Braxton Berrios, Gunner Olszewski and N'Keal Harry. That's new for Meyers.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 5, 2019
— Safety Patrick Chung not spotted at practice, per multiple reports. He had been practicing in a red non-contact jersey. Also notably absent is former Patriot Trey Flowers, who is on PUP and won’t be able to practice against his former team on Monday.
— Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas put in some intense work before practice began. He has yet to participate in practice.
Demaryius Thomas getting a sweat on before practice. He, Julian Edelman and Rex Burkhead aren’t in pads. pic.twitter.com/J5u9HK7dXr— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 5, 2019
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