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WATCH: Patriots QB Tom Brady performs passing drills with new WR Chris Hogan

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Feel like you're a part of the action and watch the Patriots minicamp drills!

Major props to MassLive for getting these videos of the New England Patriots minicamp drills. They don't mean much, but you can make inferences about depth charts based upon the order and alignment.

Mostly, this is just a fun way to feel like you're at the camp watching the practice.

In this first video, we have quarterback Tom Brady throwing to his wide receivers.

Receivers Keshawn Martin (in the slot) and Chris Harper (on the outside) start off the drill, quickly followed by Chris Hogan (in the slot) and Aaron Dobson (on the outside). The final grouping featured Martin (in the slot) and 7th round rookie Devin Lucien (on the outside). The final alignment was Dobson (in the slot) and Harper (on the outside).

We have to remember that Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Malcolm Mitchell were not at practice, which opened up opportunities for other players. Dobson has been the primary benefactor, with Hogan also stepping up as the top option.

I wouldn't read too much into Hogan or Dobson aligning in the slot. This is just a simple drill where players work on combo routes.

This second video is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throwing to the tight ends.

The first pass is to second-year A.J. Derby, followed by undrafted free agent rookies Steven Scheu and Bryce Williams.

Scheu looks very fluid with his footwork, but Williams has iffy footspeed and couldn't come down with the pass (which appeared slightly wide).

The Patriots have a few issues at tight end as Rob Gronkowski is not practicing on the field, Martellus Bennett suffered a minor leg injury, Clay Harbor was not in attendance, and Michael Williams was carted off the field.

See all our minicamp notes here.