New England Patriots

Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (50) watches New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday morning, the Patriots held their first practice since Thursday night’s preseason opener, and their only practice of the week in Foxborough. Following the session the team left for Philadelphia, where they’ll have joint practices with the Eagles Monday and Tuesday leading into Thursday’s preseason game.

Before practice, Bill Belichick told the media the purpose of Sunday’s practice was to “clean up some things on our end and then be ready to go tomorrow morning.” Most of the morning was spent in team drills, with a seemingly heavy focus on the passing game.

Although the tempo wasn’t as high as it has been in other practices, there were still a few noticeable deep ball connections. The play of the day came late in practice, when Mac Jones lofted a fade to Isaiah Zuber in the front corner of the end zone. Zuber was able to turn all the way around and grab the ball over Justin Bethel for the touchdown.

Jones also hit a pair of deep throws up the seam to Kristian Wilkerson. It was a bounce-back day for Wilkerson with a couple of catches, after an up-and-down preseason debut.

Cam Newton, who worked mostly with the first team offense, got in on the action as well. His throw of the day came during a two-minute drill, hitting Nelson Agholor on a deep crosser on the second play of the drive.

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