New England Patriots

  • Jul 29, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) calls a play during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 29, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) calls a play during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    The New England Patriots held their annual in-stadium practice for season ticket holders on Friday night at Gillette. And there was … not a ton to glean from what went on out on the field.

    Except, really, for who was out there in the first place.

    Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer wore their typical red non-contact jerseys during Friday night’s practice, but for the “blue” team, which featured a mix of offensive and defensive players. Typically, the Patriots practice with offensive players in white and defensive players in nautical blue. But on Friday, it was the players in the lead to start and sub in against mostly backups and roster long shots.

    The Patriots practiced in full pads, which indicated some possibly hard-hitting Real Football™. But the practice turned out to be more walkthrough-esque, running plays at what felt like 50-75 percent speed.

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  • Jones came out firing, though, hitting Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne on well-placed deep outs on his first two pass attempts. Other than that start, it was a mostly unremarkable night of play-calls in the passing game.

    What’s clear at this point, though, is that Jones has a clear projected stable of starters around him at the skill positions. Here’s who suited up for team blue:

    Wide Receiver

    Nelson Agholor
    Kendrick Bourne
    Jakobi Meyers
    Devante Parker

    Tight End

    Hunter Henry
    Jonnu Smith

    Running Back

    Damien Harris
    Ty Montgomery

  • Second-year running back Rhamondre Stevenson didn’t practice, otherwise he likely would’ve had a spot on the blue team. Harris saw most of the reps for team blue, with Montgomery mixing in as a third-down specialist and change of pace.

    The Patriots led out with a base “12” personnel offense, with Harris in the backfield and Agholor and Meyers at receiver. They used that same grouping a lot in 2021.

    Rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton was a notable name in team white. He has impressed onlookers at camp so far, but looks like the fifth receiver on the depth chart until he gains more trust from Head Coach Bill Belichick.

  • Defense

    Jul 30, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive back Marcus Jones (52), linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley (8) and linebackers coach Jerod Mayo Sr. (L to R) workout at the Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 30, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive back Marcus Jones (52), linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (8) and linebackers coach Jerod Mayo Sr. (L to R) workout at the Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Only two rookies total suited up for team blue on Friday night. One of them was first-round pick Cole Strange, who is currently locked in as the starting left guard. No surprise there.

    The other was slot cornerback Marcus Jones, whom the Patriots selected in the third round. The former Houston cornerback/return specialist has had opportunities to rotate in with the starting defense during training camp, as Jonathan Jones started camp on PUP.

    Jonathan returned this week and practiced Friday night, but Marcus still earned a spot on team blue, which is a promising sign for him to see the field as a rookie.

    Here was the starting base “Nickel” defense against the run:

    DE Henry Anderson
    DT Davon Godchaux
    DE Lawrence Guy
    LB Anfernee Jennings
    LB Ja’Whaun Bentley
    LB Raekwon McMillan
    S Devin McCourty
    S Adrian Phillips
    CB Jalen Mills
    CB Terrance Mitchell
    CB Jonathan Jones

    On passing downs, DT Christian Barmore and LB Josh Uche subbed in for Godchaux and Guy, while safety Kyle Dugger subbed in for Phillips. Jennings was essentially a replacement for LB Matthew Judon, who figures to be a fixture on the edge.

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

  • The white team featured plenty of fringe roster players, some of which have been with the team for a while. Notable names on team white include Deatrich Wise, Carl Davis, Devin Asiasi, Ronnie Perkins, J.J. Taylor, and Joejuan Williams.

    There are roster locks that suited up in white, though, like Thornton, fellow rookies Jack Jones and Pierre Strong, and long snapper Joe Cardona. Special teamer Justin Bethel also has a good chance to stick around on the 53-man roster.

  • The Patriots are off Saturday and scheduled to practice next on Monday, with their first preseason game coming next Thursday night against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. But Sunday is currently “TBD,” so it’s possible we have an open practice that day.

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