The New England Patriots They were inside Gillette Stadium for the first time this summer – the first time they’ve entered the stadium with construction in the North End District. Although annual stadium workouts are usually slower paced, the Patriots wore full podiums during a team brawl situation. Speed was not ahead, however, as the team conducted what appeared to be a quick workout – focusing on substitutions and other match-day situations.
Absentees: RB Rhamondre Stevenson, TE Dalton Keene, LB Jahlani Tavai, LB Matthew Judon, S Jabrill Peppers, RB James White (PUP), OL Chasen Hines (NFI), OL Andrew Stueber (NFI)
Matthew Godon missed his second straight practice while Stevenson and Peppers remained out – the two were in because they’ve been limited in the past few days. After leaving practice on Thursday early with what appeared to be a serious right leg injury, full-back Jahani Tafaye was seen on the sideline with a sleeve around that leg. Dalton Kane also stayed off the field but was on the sidelines.
the difference: While we weren’t able to quit much off the field with the lack of intensity, we did get an important look at how the team was divided. The first team’s attack and defense looked blue and the rest white. Here are the full lists:
Blue (appetizers in bold):
QB – Mac JonesBrian Hoyer
RB – Damian HarrisT Montgomery
WR – Jacob MyersKendrick Bourne Nelson Agulur Devante Parker
The – Hunter Henry, John Smith
OL – Trent Brown, Cole String, David Andrews, Michael Unino, Isaiah WayneJames Ferenc
DL – Christian Barmore, Davon Godshaw, Henry Anderson, Lawrence Guy
pound – Forever JenningsJosh O’Shea, Mac Wilson Sr., Raekwon McMillan, Jawan Bentley
CB – Galen Mills, Terrence MitchellMalcolm Butler Jonathan JonesMarcus Jones
s – Adrian PhillipsKyle Dogger Devin McCurty
The Specialists – Nick Falk, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona
QB – Billy Zappy
Right-back – Kevin Harris, Pierre Strong, JJ Taylor
WR – Trey Nixon, Josh Hammond, Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, Christian Wilkerson, Tyquan Thornton
TE – Matt Scholl, Devine Asia
OL – Bill Murray, Yasser Durant, Arlington Humbright, Drew Degarlais, Yudney Cajost, Cody Rossi, Justin Heron, Will Sherman
DL – Dietrich Wise, Carl Davis, Daniel Equally, Sam Roberts, Labrian Ray, Darcus Mitchell
Left-back – Cameron McGron, Harvey Lange, Ronnie Perkins, Nate Welland
CB – Miles Bryant, Jack Jones, Shawn Wade, Justin Bethel, Guiguan Williams
S – Joshua Bledsoe, Brad Hawkins, Galen Elliott, Brenden Schouler
The Specialists – Tristan Vizcaino, Jake Julian
Looking at both sides, it was the second day in a row that Anfernee Jennings took the call to replace absentee Matthew Goodon. As for starters, only two ran with the Blues – attacking goalkeeper Cole Strange and full-back Marcus Jones. While Strange was one day at the left guard, Jones looks like he may also be an early contributor.
coaches: With the division of the two teams, as well as the division of the technical staff. While Bill Belichick was lounging at field observation, his lieutenants were divided—and played call-up duties. For the blue team, Matt Patricia and DeMarcus Covington had headphones on and used walkie-talkies to attack and defend, respectively. Joe Judge and Steve Belichick took over each other’s duties with the Whites.
Ja’Whun Bentley Impresses: With their first white team offensive streak, Ja’Whun Bentley has given them everything they can handle. Bentley broke Zappe’s first pass from the melee while covering JJ Taylor and would have blown back up several plays later on running things. Bentley recorded another pass breakup later on on the drive. The Patriots seem to be using the veteran near the line of scrimmage more, and may be trying to keep him out of these cover situations, but Bentley was able to handle it Friday night.
12 people: Besides noting the roster split, getting to know the groups of team members was a key note. As they were all over the camp, there was a big dose of 12 with Juno Smith and Hunter Henry. The Patriots continue to mix and match a wide variety of receivers to play on.
Hoyer time: With the end of practice nearing, it was Hoyer’s time. Hoyer delivered a deep (60 yards) grenade down midfield for DeVante Parker’s mark. Parker had a good blast and stood behind Joejuan Williams. Soon after, Hoyer dropped a ball in the bucket to Kendrick Bourne above the right side line for the landing.
- In one of the night’s plays, Malcolm Butler broke a ball off Billy Zappie with a goal by Matt Sokol. It was a solid read from a veteran angle. Butler was later beaten in the end zone by Christian Wilkerson.
- Nick Folk and Tristan Vizcaino were a combined 6 for 6.
- Josh O’Shea and Justin Heron got in the scrap after a shot, and the two were promptly fired.
- Nelson Agulor had a landing field that bounced into the air and was intercepted by Galen Elliott.
- Miles Bryant blocks a penalty from Jake Bailey.
The Patriots will have the weekend before falling back to the backfields of Gillette Stadium on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m.