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Patriots 2019 minicamp recap: Damien Harris sees plenty of action with Sony Michel still out

Notes and musings from the second of three practices.

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The New England Patriots returned to the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium today to hold their second of three mandatory minicamp practices. Temperatures were once again fairly high, but overall conditions perfect for another day of football — and it was once again a busy one in all three phases of the game.

Let’s recap what happened:


6 players were not spotted during the session: RB Sony Michel, RB Nick Brossette, WR Demaryius Thomas, OT Yodny Cajuste, DE Deatrich Wise Jr, SS Patrick Chung (source)

1 player returned to action after missing yesterday’s practice: SS Nate Ebner (source)

2 players was present but limited: OT Isaiah Wynn, SS Nate Ebner (source)


Fortunately, no players appeared to have suffered injuries today.


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

Tom Brady: 10 of 16

Brian Hoyer: 9 of 13

Jarrett Stidham: 4 of 5

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

Tom Brady: 3 of 3

Brian Hoyer: 3 of 3

The quarterbacks performed as follows during 4-on-4 drills (source):

Brian Hoyer: 3 of 4

Jarrett Stidham: 3 of 4

Danny Etling 1 of 3

With Sony Michel still out and the Patriots focusing more on the running game today, Damien Harris saw plenty of action as the de facto lead running back. (source)

N’Keal Harry made the catch of the day, when he hauled in a jump ball with his finger tips while being pushed back by a defensive back. (source)

Matt LaCosse was the top option at a tight end position that got lighter yesterday due to the release of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. (source)

Maurice Harris continues to see considerable action alongside top wide receiver options. He caught all five passes thrown his way in team drills and looks like the most impressive wide receiver this week. (source)

With Isaiah Wynn still being held out of team drills, Joe Thuney remained at left tackle instead of his usual starting spot at left guard. His vacant spot was primarily filled by Brian . Schwenke today after Ted Karras was the starter on Tuesday. (source)

Tom Brady and N’Keal Harry continued to work on the side at one point, with Benjamin Watson and James White both joining them for portions of the private session. (source)

Jarrett Stidham was forced to run a penalty lap. (source)


The following players registered pass deflections today: Stephon Gilmore (2), Jamie Collins, Jonathan Jones, Malik Grant, Duron Harmon, Terrence Brooks. (source)

Jamie Collins was quite active during the session and reportedly looks like a key member of New England’s defense at this point. (source)

Stephon Gilmore once again saw plenty of N’Keal Harry, with the veteran cornerback locking down the rookie. (source)

With Patrick Chung still out, Obi Melifonwu saw some action with the starting defense. (source)

Rookie Byron Cowart saw some rotational action with the first-team defense during 11-on-11 drills. (source)

The defense would have registered between three and five sacks had live contact been allowed in 11-on-11 settings. (source)

Special teams

Julian Edelman, Braxton Berrios, Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris and Gunner Olszewski worked as the punt returners. (source)


Undrafted rookie Gunner Olszewski was again the first player spotted on the field today. (source)