The second week of New England Patriots training camp wrapped up with a session inside Gillette Stadium. As usual, only season ticket holders and Foxborough residents were invited which left the arena only partially filled.
The stadium was not at 100 percent, and neither was the team’s intensity. With that said, here are a few players that still caught our eye.
Winner: QB Brian Hoyer. While Mac Jones took a majority of reps for Team Blue, Hoyer entered the field late and had two standout plays. The first was a deep bomb of 60ish yards to DeVante Parker for a touchdown. The second was a touchdown to Kendrick Bourne that was fit right into the bucket. All in all, a good-looking day for the veteran QB.
Winner: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bentley was all over the field on Friday, making life hard for rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe and the scout-team offense. He broke up Zappe’s first pass of the session while covering running back J.J. Taylor, and later blew up the running back on a stuffed carry. He also had another pass-breakup later during the session to cap what was an active evening.
Winners: K Nick Folk and K Tristan Vizcaino. Despite wind always being a factor inside Gillette Stadium, especially one that is undergoing construction in its north end zone, both place kickers adapted well. Nick Folk and Tristan Vizcaino each went 3-for-3 with a long of 42 yards out.
Losers: OT Justin Herron and LB Josh Uche. Given the low intensity of the session no players were deserving of the “loser” tag except two: offensive tackle Justin Herron and linebacker Josh Uche were both thrown out of the session after a scrap in the second half. Not the best look for the two youngsters.
Other than those few players nobody really stood out for better or worse, especially considering the setting. The Patriots’ second week of training camp therefore concluded in relatively relaxed fashion.
The team will be back on the fields behind Gillette Stadium on Monday.