By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Isaiah Wynn looks like he's inching closer toward the role that's expected of him.
The second-year pro out of Georgia got increased reps with the projected starters at left tackle on Monday, one of the more head-turning developments at Patriots training camp. It was a fully padded practice with plenty of competitive drills in both 11-on-11s and 1-on-1.
On the injury front, there are some new details. Rookie receiver N'Keal Harry and tight end Matt LaCosse, who both got banged up during last Thursday's preseason opener, were notably absent. But other Patriots have taken steps forward in their own injury recoveries, which we'll recap below.
Here's a summary of what we saw on Monday morning in Foxboro:
-- Absent: WR N'Keal Harry, TE Matt LaCosse
-- No pads: WR Julian Edelman, WR Cameron Meredith, WR Demaryius Thomas
-- Red non-contact jersey: S Patrick Chung, TE Lance Kendricks
-- Returned from PUP: S Nate Ebner, CB Ken Webster
-- A mystery offensive lineman wearing No. 74 was at practice. We believe it may be the returning Cole Croston, who was with the team from 2017 until being released earlier this offseason.
-- Isaiah Wynn got reps with the starters at left tackle. Another step forward for him in what looks to be an extra-slow build toward the season for the sophomore out of Georgia.
-- Wide receiver Maurice Harris had a bad drop on a trick play that left him wide open down the field. The drops are beginning to add up for Harris, who had an up-and-down first preseason game. He's lost momentum since looking like the best receiver on the field in minicamp, but he certainly still has a chance to make the team. He later made a nice catch against Stephon Gilmore, a rarity for anyone on the Pats. That drew some enthusiastic praise from Tom Brady.
-- Jamie Collins picked off Brian Hoyer near the line of scrimmage. He's had a good camp and looks like he could be a starter right away in his second stint with the Patriots.
-- Rookie WR Jakobi Meyers continues to stand out. He's getting plenty of looks from Brady and catching just about everything he can. He caught a deep touchdown on Brady's fifth straight completion during one period, and snagged a ball that looked slightly behind him during a late two-minute drill with the starters. He'd have to be amazingly bad for the next couple of weeks not to make the team at this point, and that just doesn't seem realistic. There may only be one receiver spot left that's up for grabs.
-- Stephon Gilmore recorded a pass breakup against Phillip Dorsett. J.C. Jackson and Joejuan Williamns both grabbed interceptions. Jackson's was against Brady going deep for Damoun Patterson, as he stayed underneath and snagged the ball with what looked like one hand. Williams undercut a route to Dorsett on a throw from Jarrett Stidham to make his pick.
-- The best completion of the day in these drills was from Brady to Braxton Berrios. Brady lofted a deep ball near the corner of the end zone for Berrios, who adjusted to the ball as he tracked it through the air and bobbled it for a second before securing it as he slid to the turf. Berrios got half a step on Duke Dawson on the play.
-- Michael Bennett briefly got into some extracurriculars with tackle Dan Skipper during a run-blocking drill. The two tangled for a half second after the whistle and Bennett appeared to take exception, slapping Skipper upside the helmet. Skipper responded by flipping him the ol' double-birds and going on with his day.
-- Ebner worked to the side with Matthew Slater much of the time, indicating that he's still in good standing as a core special teamer. He's got plenty of competition at safety, though, with Terrence Brooks and Obi Melifonwu pushing for spots behind Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon.
The Patriots will hold one more open practice on Tuesday before flying out to Nashville for joint practices with the Titans.
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