Tweets from Day 16 of Patriots training camp and joint practice with the Raiders
August 24th, 2022
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In what is likely their final competitive training camp practice of the summer (pending a potential one-off session on Monday), the Patriots took the field in Las Vegas Wednesday morning for their second of two joint practices against the Raiders. Here’s highlights and analysis from those in Nevada…
No Tyquan Thornton, Kristian Wilkerson or Harvey Langi at the second Patriots-Raiders joint practice.
After struggling on Tuesday, the Patriots’ offensive linemen got things started on a positive note Wednesday. The pass rush duo of Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones is one of the best in football, so those are big wins for Isaiah Wynn and Trent Brown. Wynn and Brown have both been under the microscope recently – Wynn after missing a week and a half of practice and potential trade talks, and Brown after what was reported to be a disciplinary benching Friday night.
Jalen Mills bouncing back
Really nice showing in 1-on-1s for Jalen Mills in the red zone. Broke up a pass to Davante Adams on the first rep of the drill. Then forced incompletions while on Keelan Cole and Tyron Johnson. Ran Johnson’s route. PBU.
Mills 3-0 one day after going 0-3. Not easy in that spot.
Tuesday was arguably Jalen Mills’ worst day of camp. That’s not entirely surprising as he’s tasked with guarding one of the truly elite outside receivers in the game in Davante Adams. It looks like he’s off to a better start Wednesday.
After struggling in 1-on-1’s, Davante Adams once again gave the Patriots’ cornerbacks issues in the first team drill. Terrance Mitchell won the lone rep against him. Mitchell had been seeing less first team reps since the start of camp, with Jonathan Jones moving to the boundary.
Back-and-forth first 11-on-11 period
#Patriots defense in 11-on-11s: - Patriots won 5 of 9 snaps, allowed 2 TDs and a big inside run. - Matt Judon earned a sack, run stuff and PBU. - Davante Adams smoked Jack Jones for a long TD, Mack Hollins beat Terrance Mitchell for another.
The Patriots’ defense won its first full team drill, in terms of snaps won. However, the Raiders were able to break off a few big plays as well.
Back to square one for the offense
#Patriots offense bombed in its first 11-on-11 period. - Stevenson run - Meyers bubble screen no gain - Sack - Meyers bubble screen - Sack - Henry catch - Montgomery inside run - Timeout - Incomplete Agholor - Sack https://t.co/QBFUIvY7HH
A handful of the Patriots’ starters appear to have left practice early. Yesterday, players left then returned due to the significant heat. Herron filling in for Wynn at right tackle stands out – that had been Yodny Cajuste when Wynn was out the last week and a half, and Cajuste had performed well.
Play of the day
Play of the day so far for #Patriots O: Jakobi Meyers with an over the shoulder grab in the red zone for a TD. Mac floated the pass into the back of the end zone, and Meyers fought off tight coverage by Tre’von Moehrig.
Pats offense was better on second 11s/hurry up drive.
As mentioned above, the heat has caused players to periodically come off the field during practice. That may be the case here.
Progress for the offense
Slow start for the Patriots offense today, but they’ve picked it up.
First series of 11-on-11: Positive Stevenson run Short completion to Stevenson RPO to Meyers for no gain Maxx Crosby sack Completion to Henry Completion to Montgomery Timeout Incomplete to Agholor C. Jones sack https://t.co/oSt7AoDy2k