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  • After Monday’s practice in Foxboro, the Patriots sent to the podium, among others, center David Andrews and defensive tackle Christian Barmore. Those two happened to be the most recent Pats teammates to get in a mid-practice scuffle. Coincidence? Who cares, that’s what happened and the past doesn’t matter.

    That also seems to be the approach for Andrews and Barmore, who chalked the incident up to just good old-fashioned American Football.

    “Oh yeah, that’s my brother you know how football is, we’re buddies,” Barmore said. “Just a football thing. That’s my guy, that’s my O.G., I learn everything from him, real good player. It was all love.”

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  • Andrews’ reaction was slightly more succinct: “Just playing football, man. Just playing football.”

    In terms of fundamentals, communication, and overall progress, this is the furthest behind that the Patriots offense has been in Andrews’ career. Run-blocking and pass protection schemes have been arguably the biggest problems on the team so far in camp. The unit showed signs of progress in Monday’s non-padded practice, avoiding ugly miscues or fundamental breakdowns.

    Andrews seemed to have boiled over in the past couple of weeks. After a particularly bad practice last Tuesday, Aug. 8, Andrews pulled the whole offense aside and spoke to them on the field as a group for an extended time. He was visibly frustrated in the ensuing press conference that day.

  • So while it could be partially a case of frustration boiling over, Andrews scrapping with Barmore also came from a place of lighting a competitive fire under himself and the rest of the offense. It’s pretty much impossible not to let Barmore push you around physically, at least a little bit. But it could be viewed as a positive sign for the unit that one of its most respected leaders is showing that kind of juice in grinding to find success in practice.

    As for Barmore, he’s had an excellent camp and has a chance to be a game-changing pass-rusher for the Patriots defense. His mere presence across from Andrews – and projected starting guards Cole Strange and Michael Onwenu, for that matter – should only serve to prepare them for their biggest challenges up front. And fans should be excited for the second-year defensive tackle out of Alabama to return that level of competitiveness in a practice setting.

    Jul 30, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Christian Barmore (90) works with a training aid at the Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 30, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Christian Barmore (90) works with a training aid at the Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

  • The incident seems to be in the past, though. And if anything, it helped the Patriots’ starting offensive line sharpen up in the ensuing days. Since most of the starters didn’t play in last Thursday’s preseason opener, their first big test of the summer comes in Tuesday’s first joint practice against the Carolina Panthers.

    It wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary for tempers to flare in those practices, either. But at least teammates won’t be fighting each other.

    We’ll be sure to keep you covered throughout this week in Foxboro, including the two joint practices and the second preseason game of the summer at Gillette Stadium. Click here for complete Patriots training camp coverage at 985TheSportsHub.com.

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