98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Barring any setbacks as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the New England Patriots will be among the 28 teams reporting to camp on July 28, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The ‘uniform’ report date was one of the changes passed in the new league collective bargaining agreement approved earlier this year, making it so that all teams report to camp 47 or 48 days before their first game of the season, which for most will come on Sept. 13 or 14.
The four teams reporting before this date are the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. The earlier report dates for the Chiefs and Texans come as a result of their status as the NFL Kickoff game on Sept. 10, while the Cowboys and Steelers will report earlier than everybody else as a result of playing in this year’s Hall of Fame game on Aug. 6.
Bill Belichick’s squad has already been back to work for some time now, really, with the team going through ‘virtual’ workouts together. Second-year pro Jarrett Stidham, meanwhile, has reportedly led workouts with members of the Patriot offense.
The Patriots are coming off a 12-win 2019 season, and have won 11 straight AFC East titles.