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Patriots 2018 training camp: Day three recap; New England focuses on running game during first full-pads practice of the summer

Notes and musings from the Patriots’ third training camp practice.

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For the third straight day, the New England Patriots returned to the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium today. One thing changed, however, when compared to the last two days: for the first time all training camp, the team wore full-pads. Naturally, the atmosphere was a different and more competitive one as opposed to Thursday and Friday.

With that in mind, let’s find out what happened during today’s session:


WR Kenny Britt was the lone player not spotted during practice. (source)

OT Marcus Cannon returned after leaving yesterday’s session early. (source)

WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Matthew Slater, CB Jonathan Jones, CB Cyrus Jones, and SS Nate Ebner were present bud did not participate in any drills. (source)


Keion Crossen left the session early and gingerly walked off the field. (source)

Trey Flowers left the session alongside a trainer after winding up at the bottom of a pile following a play. He had a towel pressed against the left side of his face, apparently suffering a cut or poke to the eye. (source)


The quarterbacks performed as follows during 11-on-11 work: (source)

Tom Brady: 6/10, interception

Brian Hoyer: 9/12, interception

Danny Etling: 2/6

The quarterbacks performed as follows during 7-on-7 work: (source)

Danny Etling: 1/7

The offensive line remained unchanged (left to right): Trent BrownJoe ThuneyDavid AndrewsShaq Mason – Marcus Cannon (source). Isaiah Wynn again worked with the second unit. (source)

Trent Brown was the most impressive offensive lineman today, displaying both power and quickness in he first full-pad session. (source)

Tom Brady spread the football around well during goal-line work: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, Jacob Hollister, Cordarrelle Patterson, and James White all caught passes. (source)

Patterson in general continued to stand out today: He made multiple impressive catches, with the best one being him beating Jason McCourty for a touchdown. (source)

Danny Etling was not at his most accurate today, and let a few of his pass attempts sail away. (source)

Sony Michel again saw work with the Patriots’ starting offense, but had to take a penalty lap for fumbling at one point. (source) The unit as a whole also had to run a lap shortly afterwards. (source)

Michel and Jeremy Hill both saw plenty of work near the goal line. (source)

Overall, New England focused mostly on the running game today. (source)


Duron Harmon was one of the standouts of the session and registered two end zone interceptions: First, he picked off a Brian Hoyer throw intended for Phillip Dorsett, and returned it for a would-be touchdown. (source) Later, Harmon intercepted a pass from Brady towards Gronkowski in the end zone during 11-on-11 work. (source)

Deatrich Wise Jr., another standout, lit up running back Jeremy Hill during the first live-contact red zone drill. (source) The second-year defender, who had an overall impressive practice and also finished with a pass breakup, was able to disengage from first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn to get to Hill. (source)

Rookie cornerback A.J. Moore registered an interception off rookie quarterback Danny Etling. (source)

Ryan Lewis, coming off a solid spring, had a couple of pass breakups today. (source)

Damarius Travis forced the aforementioned fumble by Sony Michel. (source)

At one point, the entire defense was forced to run a lap. (source)

Special teams

Julian Edelman, Patrick Chung, Riley McCarron, and Braxton Berrios all practiced punt returns early during the session. (source)

Rookie punter Corey Bojorquez displayed better hang-time than incumbent Ryan Allen. (source)


The Patriots will return to the practice fields tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. for their fourth straight day of practice.