New England Patriots

Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday morning, the Patriots held their first training camp practice of the 2021 season. It was also the first team event since the COVID-19 pandemic that fans were allowed to attend.

Perhaps it was the weather, or maybe the fact practice was on a Wednesday, but the usual fan stampede to the bleachers was slightly more subdued this year.

Mac Jones was one of the first players to take the field on Wednesday. He was joined by two other first-year Patriots in wide receiver Nelson Agholor and safety Adrian Colbert.

Cam Newton joined him shortly after. Newton appeared to have a pep in his step as he made his first appearance in-person appearance in front of Patriots fans.

It can be tougher to tell without defenders, but Jones’ ball placement appeared to be on point early on in practice.

He continued his success in team drills, as described by Matt Dolloff.

Cam Newton had his moment as well, and seemed right at home playing to the crowd.

Another clear fan favorite on Wednesday? Jakobi Meyers.

When James White stepped to the podium after practice, he became the first member of the Patriots in over a year to take questions in person.

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