Patriots official Minicamp: Mac Jones shows on Day 1
After seven weeks of voluntary exercise, the New England Patriots gained momentum Tuesday: the team made its debut in the top three minicamp matches, all but a handful of players on the existing list. Although the section still follows the regular rules – for example, completely unconnected, paperless – it was very close to the “ordinary” football you can find at this time of year.
With that said, let’s see what happened respectfully Keagan Stiefel of Pats Pulpit who and other journalists present at the two-hour conference.
None: WR Kendrick Bourne, DT Byron Cowart, K Nick Folk, K Quinn Nordin, OL Andrew Stueber
Less: OT Trent Brown, TE Hunter Henry, CB Marcus Jones, WR Jakobi Meyers, RB James White
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated earlier this season that the club has fewer players pardoned, and five of the 85 players who have been in contract since Tuesday morning have not been seen. Kendrick Bourne is the biggest name on the list of those who did not come, but the hope is that he may return this week (on Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed). In any case, things do not seem to be going that way.
Speaking of fewer players, rookie cornerback Marcus Jones wore a non-match red jersey. The other four players mentioned above did not play the entire game but it seems the team is playing better than anything.
Mac Jones shows: Exercising regularly needs to be taken up with salt, but it’s hard not to feel good about the Patriots since the quarterback after practice on Tuesday. The second-year-old man was impressive, after all, and has undoubtedly made some remarkable strides since joining the club as a nominee around the past spring. In a team test – 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s – they finished testing 25 out of 26, as written by Mark Daniels of Providence Journal.
Jones had a great performance that day, when he hit two-year-old Tre Nixon on a deep road down the field. He also threw some impressive shots into the back of JJ Taylor with a solid end Jonnu Smith hitting a hard cover; later, Jones joined DeVante Parker at the very end of Jalen Mills.
But some of the former were silent. Brain Hoyer went 7-for-13 and passed, while rookie Bailey Zappe finished with a 7-for-11 line-up with a choice.
Isaiah Wynn is back … on the right: With the minicamp being a legitimate event, the Patriots saw several former players return. Some of them were against Isaiah Wynn, who lined up at an unusual spot: the team’s left-back strike for the past three years played at the far right-back line; the left side, meanwhile, was led by Yodny Cajuste and then Trent Brown for the rest of the season.
Matt Patricia leads the error, sort of: Once again, the Patriots’ offense was led by head coach Bill Belichick and assistants Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. With Belichick spending time and security with special teams, however, Patricia appeared to take on leadership roles not only with the runners but also with the transmission of information to Mac Jones as well.
That said, Belichick made sure to offer Jones additional training:
Tre Nixon sees many opportunities with Kendrick Bourne abroad: With Kendrick Bourne midfielder for unknown reasons, the Patriots gave Tre Nixon a second-year receiver a longer period of time from the starting charge. Responded by making a catch on Jonathan Jones; Nixon was able to step into a corner and receive 40 yards down the line.
The seventh 2021 nominee did all of this while his father-in-law was present. Former Patriots research chief Ernie Adams, who selected Nixon manually, watched the episode aside.
N’Keal Harry continues in the wrong direction: N’Keal Harry was another player who came back to practice after playing volunteer work in the past. Unlike others like Isaiah Wynn and linebacker Matthew Judon, however, he did something small. Spending most of his time with the third ropes team led by Bailey Zappe, he saw only one goal in a team effort from Mac Jones – an unbeaten run by Jalen Mills.
Matthew Judon sees some football events: The Patriots used Judon as a defender on the edge in the line of scrimmage in his first year with the team. On Tuesday, however, he again had a football-free team. Obviously, game time is a time for experimentation, but Judon’s ability to see a lot of action elsewhere may be related to how the team teaches flexibility.
As for the linebackers, a few of them appeared again on Tuesday. Defenders Josh Uche and Ronnie Perkins often connected on the defensive line, while Jahlani Tavai and Cameron McGrone were able to put the ball in team play: Tavai intercepted rookie QB Bailey Zappe, while McGrone smashed Brian. Hoyer passed.
Jake Bailey has a leg up in the punt race: As supervised by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Alex Barth, a fight between two Patriot runners went to the governor. Jake Bailey not only received more chances than rookie Jake Julien, he also set a better time. While Julien did not have one five-point pint plus, Bailey had four.
New England uses a number of repeaters: Three players were used on the other side of the comeback game, and Zack Cox of NESN, all back-to-back: Kyle Dugger, Myles Bryant and rookie Jack Jones (with muff). After practice, several receivers Ty Montgomery and Malcolm Perry also worked in the punt return department along with rookie cornerback Marcus Jones.
Disruptions start late during the session: Although contact was severely restricted the players approached each other at some point. Following a split with Terrance Mitchell over Nelson Agholor, rookie player Cole Strange jumped on Matthew Judon’s line in the back to recapture what could have happened. New England’s overall defense differed from the game and with the words followed Strange.
The Patriots return to the practice grounds behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday at minicamp No. 2. Once again, the experiment is expected to start at 11:45 pm ET and is expected to run for about two hours.