Before traveling to Tennessee to hold joint practices with the Titans, the New England Patriots hit the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for one final time this summer — at least in front of the fans. The world champions’ final open session of this year’s training camp was a short affair, though, as it lasted only one hour and saw the team hold a walkthrough in helmets, practice jerseys, shells and shorts.
Let’s recap what happened:
Absent: WR N’Keal Harry, TE Matt LaCosse, OT Yodny Cajuste (NFI)
Present but did not participate: WR Julian Edelman (NFI), WR Demaryius Thomas (PUP), WR Cameron Meredith (PUP)
- Recently acquired tight end Eric Saubert was on the field for the first time, wearing a white #48 jersey.
- Patrick Chung and Lance Kendricks both did not wear the red-non contact jersey today. Given that there was no live contact, this is no surprise.
- Nothing to report.
Quarterback performance: Tom Brady N/A; Brian Hoyer N/A; Jarrett Stidham N/A; Danny Etling N/A
Starting offensive line: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Joe Thuney, OC David Andrews, RG Shaq Mason, RT Marcus Cannon
- During a hurry-up portion with quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots offense used a 21-personnel package: Sony Michel and James White served as the running backs, with Benjamin Watson as the lone tight end. Meanwhile, Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers lined up at wide receiver.
- An early portion of the session was spent on having players line up correctly. At one point, Josh McDaniels corrected rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers. Generally, the team rotated personnel quickly: the quarterbacks moved in and out of the lineup every two to three plays, with skill position players also substituting on a regular basis.
- The final first-team 11-on-11 rep of the day ended with Brady hitting new tight end Eric Saubert for a touchdown pass. On the day, the trade acquisition was targeted four times with three of the passes thrown his way being completed.
- Speaking of the first team: Isaiah Wynn and Dan Skipper rotated in and out of the lineup at left tackle, while Shilique Calhoun continued to see more reps with the first-team defensive line.
- All in all, the session was a light one: the day started with the traditional rookie slip’n’slide — an event that also did not spare first-year assistant coaches — and ended with the team huddling up to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for defensive backs Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, who both turn 32 today.