With the regular season quickly approaching, the Patriots are focusing more and more on situational football. That trend continued on Tuesday, with the team’s 17th training camp practice featuring plenty of red zone and two-minute work.
The two-minute drills felt like they were won by the offense. Mac Jones was able to come away with a touchdown twice, and it’s evident his clock management skills are improving after what he showed at the end of the half against Philadelphia.
Late in practice, the defense got their revenge. Working on specifically red zone sets, they seemed to have the advantage. The team ran two series by the goal line, and both ended with a defensive stop and the offense doing push-ups.
This trend on situational football is expected to carry over into the joint practices with the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday. New York Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters the teams plan to ’emphasize’ critical situations over the two days.
When it comes to player evaluation in training camp, Bill Belichick has mentioned in the past that not all reps hold the same weight. High-intensity situational reps, as well as joint practices, are two setting both he and the team seem to value.
With a week to go until the final roster cut to 53 players, many on the roster are looking to make a last minute push towards a spot. With two days of situational-heavy joint practices ahead, there’s still time to shake things up.
Here’s more takeaways from Day 17 of Patriots practice…