During his pre-training camp press conference on Tuesday, Bill Belichick told reporters his team would “continue the process pretty much from where we ended up and left off in the spring.” His defense appeared to take that message to heart on Wednesday, dominating the first training camp practice of the year.
Most of the team drills came in the form of red zone work, and Patriots quarterbacks regularly had to hold the ball, waiting for windows to open. When they did throw the ball, targets were often tightly covered.
The defense ended up with two turnovers for their efforts – Adrian Phillips picked off a Cam Newton pass while working against Hunter Henry in the flat, and Raekwon McMillan intercepted a pass that bounced off James White‘s hands in the rainy conditions (White then took a lap). Jalen Mills nearly had a goal line interception as well, but couldn’t complete the catch.
Newton wasn’t the only quarterback to struggle with the Pats’ defense. Mac Jones had a number of balls knocked down by defensive backs, and one swatted at the line by newly-signed defensive tackle Davon Godchaux.
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The Patriots get back at it tomorrow, with practice set for 9:45 a.m. That one will once again be open to the public, weather permitting.
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