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Patriots 2019 training camp recap: A chippy second day of joint practices with the Titans

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News and notes from day-two of joint practices in Nashville.

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The “dog days” of training camp have officially arrived.

Tempers were as hot as the Nashville weather on Thursday as the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans wrapped up day-two of joint practices.

Attendance

Returned: LB Jamie Collins Sr. LB Elandon Roberts, WR Phillip Dorsett.

Absent: WR Maurice Harris, TE Matt LaCosse (ankle), TE Stephen Anderson, WR Cameron Meredith (PUP), OT Yodny Cajuste (NFI)

Present but did not participate: WR Julian Edelman (NFI), WR Demaryius Thomas (PUP)

Limited: WR N’Keal Harry (foot), WR Phillip Dorsett, SS Patrick Chung (shoulder/arm)

  • N’Keal Harry and Phillip Dorsett both dressed, but left after warmups for rehab.
  • Demaryius Thomas, although not in uniform, did participate in a separate workout and appeared to be moving very well.
  • Patrick Chung was still in his non-contact red jersey. Tight end Lance Kendricks was not.

Injuries

  • DT Adam Butler left with trainers and went into the facility mid-way through practice.

Offense

Quarterback performance:

Starting offensive line: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Joe Thuney, OC David Andrews, RG Shaq Mason, RT Marcus Cannon

Notes:

  • A heavy emphasis on situations, as well as red zone work.
  • With Edelman, Thomas, Harry, Dorsett, and Harris sidelined, the Patriots’ primary starting receivers in 11-personnel were Dontrelle Inman — who has continued to look very solid over the past couple of weeks — Braxton Berrios, and Gunner Olszewski.
  • Jakobi Meyers continued his dominance over anyone lined up across from him this summer.
  • Veteran tight end Ben Watson blew by a defender for a long touchdown from Tom Brady.
  • Braxton Berrios, after being chewed out by Brady for running an improper route towards the end of 11-on-11 drills, immediately responded by drawing a holding penalty, reeling in a big catch over the middle, and then housing a skinny post for a score that was eventually called back due to a penalty.

Defense

  • Stephon Gilmore continued his dominance on Thursday. His blanketing of rookie wideout AJ Brown frustrated the young second-rounder and led to the largest of many physical altercations throughout the practice.
  • According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, second-year cornerback Duke Dawson had his best practice session as a member of the Patriots organization, notching pass breakups in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
  • Rookie Chase Winovich lined up as the only down-lineman in the unit’s amoeba front — but he jumped offsides, forcing him to run a lap.
  • Corner JC Jackson almost had another pick-six, but failed to reel it in. Belichick noted in his media availability before the session that both he and Duke Dawson are “way ahead” of where they were a year ago.