Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 11 of training camp

August 9, 2022

Baby steps. After a putrid practice for the offense on Monday, things looked a bit better on Tuesday. The team moved practice from 4 to noon in order to beat any thunderstorms, so the guys got the full dose of heat once again. This was a day where the staff seemed to want to slow things down a bit, coach more and ultimately get the running game going first and…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 10 of training camp

August 8, 2022

Yikes. That’s the only way to describe practice No. 10 on Monday afternoon. There’s been quite a bit of chatter about how poorly the offense has looked, but Monday may have been rock bottom. It was ugly, but let’s get into some sights, sounds and thoughts from the two-hour session… -While Terrance Mitchell wasn’t the first guy out for the in-stadium practice last Friday, he was again on Monday, which…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 8 of training camp

August 4, 2022

Jumping right into it today… -Eight practices, eight straight days being the first one out for Terrance Mitchell. Today may have been the longest period of time in-between Mitchell’s arrival and the next guy out, which was Jalen Mills followed by Malcolm Butler. -Practice got going a bit late today, but for a good reason. It was rookie “slip & slide day” with Matthew Slater manning the hose. A staff…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 7 of training camp

August 3, 2022

We’re officially a week into the 2022 season and few questions have been answered. Wednesday’s practice was probably the lightest one so far, with any drills or team periods being ran anywhere between 50-75% speed. Still, a few things stood out as we head towards the first preseason game a week from Thursday… -Seven for seven. Terrance Mitchell kept the clean sheet going for arrivals as he was the first…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 6 of training camp

August 2, 2022

Day two of padded practices was another good one for the defense, a struggle for the running game and while there were some more flashy catches from a few receivers, an inconsistent day for the offense yet again. -Terrance Mitchell made it six-for-six as the first guy out for practice. -Lonnie Paxton was on hand in the family/VIP area. He might be the only field goal/long snapper in NFL history…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 4 of training camp

July 30, 2022

The first week of training camp came to an end with one more practice on Saturday morning and it was another good day for the defense. Let’s just jump right into some sights, sounds and thoughts on the day and where things stand after four practices. -Not only was there a standing room only crowd in the bleachers and on the hill on Saturday, but there was even overflow “traffic”…

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Patriots: 10 Thoughts on Mandatory Mini-Camp

June 10, 2022

Mandatory mini-camp is over after Bill Belichick cancelled yesterday’s practice. The next time we see the Patriots together as a team will be the end of next month in training camp. We got a pretty good look at what the 2022 Patriots will look like at this week’s mini-camp. Here are my observations. Cole Strange will make an immediate impact. He is athletic, smart, tough and plays with a chip…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds and thoughts from Day 2 of mandatory mini-camp

June 8, 2022

FOXBOROUGH – So much for the full day of rain. It turned out to be a beautiful day at Gillette for the second of three mandatory mini-camp sessions and once again, there was some positive signs in all three phases. Here’s what stood out throughout another lengthy two-hour practice on Wednesday… -Coach Belichick met with the media before practice donning a green Celtics hat and opened with a message: “Start…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from the first day of mandatory mini-camp

June 7, 2022

There was a slight first day of school vibe on the lower practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Mandatory mini-camp began and aside from a few excused absences, just about everyone was in the house for the first of three straight practice days. There was definitely a bit more tempo to the near two-hour session compared to the optional OTA’s and we even got a small skirmish at…

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Patriots: Jones still learning how to be “the guy” in the NFL with another test looming Sunday

December 23, 2021

Photo: Barry Chin/Boston Globe Mac Jones hadn’t lost much in his football career prior to being a member of the Patriots. Whether it was high school or Alabama, the rare loss Jones took was usually quickly pushed aside by a dominant performance with elite players around him a week or two later. Things are different now, and Jones is faced with quite a difficult task for a rookie quarterback this…

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