Patriots training camp notebook: New England has jog-through practice inside Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots were inside Gillette Stadium for the first time this summer – marking the first time they’ve taken the field with the construction in the north end zone. Despite the annual in-stadium practice usually having a slower pace, the Patriots donned full pads during a team scrimmage situation. However, the pace was not full-speed ahead, as the team ran what appeared to be a jog-through practice – focusing on substitutions and other game day situations.

Attendance

Absentees: RB Rhamondre Stevenson, TE Dalton Keene, LB Jahlani Tavai, LB Matthew Judon, S Jabrill Peppers, RB James White (PUP), OL Chasen Hines (NFI), OL Andrew Stueber (NFI)

Matthew Judon missed his second straight practice while Stevenson and Peppers remained out – the two were both present as they’ve been limited the past few days. After leaving Thursday’s practice early with what looked like a serious right leg injury, linebacker Jahlani Tavai was spotted on the sideline with a sleeve around that leg. Dalton Keene also remained out but was on the sideline.

Takeaways

The Teams: While we weren’t able to take much off the play on the field with the absence of intensity, we did get an important look into how the team was split up. It appeared the first-team offense and defense were in blue with the rest in white. Here were the full rosters:

Blue (starters in bold):

QB – Mac JonesBrian Hoyer

RB – Damien HarrisTy Montgomery

WR – Jakobi MeyersKendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, DeVante Parker

TE – Hunter Henry, John Smith

OL – Trent Brown, Cole Strange, David Andrews, Michael Onwenu, Isaiah WynnJames Ferentz

DL – Christian Barmore, Davon Godchaux, Henry Anderson, Lawrence Guy

LB – Anfernee JenningsJosh Uche, Mack Wilson Sr., Raekwon McMillan, Ja’Whaun Bentley

CB – Jalen Mills, Terrance MitchellMalcolm Butler, Jonathan JonesMarcus Jones

S- Adrian PhillipsKyle Dugger, Devin McCourty

Specialists – Nick Folk, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona

White:

QB – Bailey Zappe

RB – Kevin Harris, Pierre Strong, JJ Taylor

WR – Tre Nixon, Josh Hammond, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Kristian Wilkerson, Tyquan Thornton

TE – Matt Skol, Devin Asiasi

OL – Bill Murray, Yasir Durant, Arlington Hambright, Drew Desjarlais, Yodney Cajuste, Kody Russey, Justin Herron, Will Sherman

DL – Dietrich Wise, Carl Davis, Daniel Ekuale, Sam Roberts, LaBryan Ray, DaMarcus Mitchell

LB – Cameron McGrone, Harvey Langi, Ronnie Perkins, Nate Wieland

CB – Myles Bryant, Jack Jones, Shaun Wade, Justin Bethel, Joejuan Williams

S – Joshua Bledsoe, Brad Hawkins, Jalen Elliott, Brenden Schooler

Specialists – Tristan Vizcaino, Jake Julien

Looking into the two sides, it was the second straight day Anfernee Jennings got the call to replace the absent Matthew Judon. As for rookies, only two ran with the blue team – offensive guard Cole Strange and cornerback Marcus Jones. While Strange has been a day one lock at left guard, Jones looks like he might as well be an early contributor.

Coaches: As the two sides split, so did the coaching staff. While Bill Belichick hung out on the field observing, his assistants – and play calling duties – were divided up. For the blue team, it was Matt Patricia and DeMarcus Covington hearing headsets and using walkie-talkies for the offense and defense respectively. Joe Judge and Steve Belichick handled their respective duties for the white team.

Ja’Whaun Bentley impresses: Through the white teams first offensive series, Ja’Whaun Bentley gave them all they could handle. Bentley broke up Zappe’s first pass from scrimmage while covering JJ Taylor and would have blown the running back up several plays later on a run stuff. Bentley recorded another pass-breakup later on the drive. The Patriots seem to be using the veteran near the line of scrimmage more, perhaps trying to keep him out of these coverage situations, but Bentley was able to handle them Friday night.

12 personnel: Besides observing the roster split, getting a sense of the team’s personnel groupings was a key observation. As they have been throughout the camp, there was a heavy dose of 12 personnel with Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. The Patriots continue to mix-and-match there diverse groups of wide receivers to play off of them.

Higher time: With the end of practice in sight, it was Hoyer time. Hoyer delivered a deep bomb (60ish yards) down the middle of the field for a score to DeVante Parker. Parker had a good burst and got behind Joejuan Williams. Soon after, Hoyer dropped a ball in the bucket to Kendrick Bourne up the right sideline for a touchdown.

Other notes:

  • In one of the plays of the night, Malcolm Butler broke up a ball downfield from Bailey Zappe intended for tight end Matt Sokol. It was a strong read from the veteran corner. Butler was later beaten in the end zone by Kristian Wilkerson.
  • Nick Folk and Tristan Vizcaino were a combined 6-for-6.
  • Josh Uche and Justin Herron got in the scrap after a snap, the two were immediately kicked out.
  • Nelson Agholor had a drop downfield which bounced in the air and was intercepted by Jalen Elliott.
  • Myles Bryant muffed a punt from Jake Bailey.

The Patriots will have the weekend off before retreating to the back fields of Gillette Stadium Monday morning at 9:30 am

That’s all for today’s Training Camp Notebook. Make sure to follow @iambrianhines and @patspulpit on Twitter for all your training camp updates!

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