Football is just about back. This week, the Patriots begin their 2023 training camp at Gillette Stadium. The first set of practices will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and then either Saturday or Sunday. All training camp practices at Gillette Stadium are open to the public free of charge.
What should fans be looking for when they head to training camp? One of the top storylines in any training camp for any team is usually the position and roster battles that play out throughout the summer.
Although they’re sometimes used interchangeably, position and roster battles are two different things. A position battle is between players both expected to make the team and at the same position, competing for a higher spot on the depth chart. A roster battle is between players sometimes at the same position and sometimes not, battling for a spot on the 53-man roster (this relates to the concept of the roster bubble and ‘at-large’ roster spots). At times, certain battles can be both.
The Patriots’ current roster sets up for both kinds of battles as 2023 training camp gets underway. There certainly seems to be more battles on offense than defense, but there will be something to watch in this regard at just about every position.
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What are the biggest battles to watch in Patriots training camp this year? From the top of the depth chart to the back end of the roster, here’s who to keep an eye on as practices get underway on Wednesday…