New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 28: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Dwyer-Pool/Getty Images)

It’s just about that time of year again. Training camp is days away, and this year’s Patriots training camp will be among the most competitive the team has had in the Bill Belichick era.

Position battles are always the highlight of camp. Of course, the Patriots have a major one set for the starting quarterback job between 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton and rookie first-round pick Mac Jones. While that competition should and will get plenty of attention, it’s hardly the only one on the roster.

Putting the Newton/Jones battle to the side for a moment, there are other consequential jobs to be won on the roster. What spots should fans be keeping an eye on heading into camp? Let’s take a look.

The Patriots’ first practice of training camp will take place Wednesday morning, and will be open to the public.


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