Posts Tagged ‘Patriots Training Camp’

In First Patriots Training Camp Practice, James White Shows He Can Do a Little Bit of Everything

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Rookie running back James White took reps all over the field when the Patriots opened training camp Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There wasn’t any tackling when the New England Patriots opened training camp on Thursday morning. But James White tackled the opportunities he was given during the shorts and shells practice.

As a fourth-round draft choice out of Wisconsin’s rushing committee, White knows that it’s about finding a role within those opportunities. For him, it’s about finding a way to get on the field among the likes of running backs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, Stephen Houston and Roy Finch.

The 5’10”, 205-pound rookie made strides towards doing so on day one of practice. (more…)

Observations from the Opening Day of Patriots Training Camp

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The 2014 Patriots kicked off training camp behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots kicked off training camp Thursday morning, as sunny skies and humidity gave way to dark clouds and light showers by noon. But over the course of the three-hour practice, observations came to light.

They did, even if the Patriots weren’t in football pads. (more…)

Five Areas to Monitor as Patriots Training Camp Opens July 24

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

There will be upwards of 90 players to watch for once the Patriots hit the practice fields for training camp on Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The final mandatory minicamp session concluded five weeks ago. Six have been signed, five have been released, and one has retired since then. But the roster transactions, as well as the football activities, are about to accelerate once again.

Summer vacation is now over for the New England Patriots.

The rookies headed back to school at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, and the veterans joined them on Wednesday. And by 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, both the underclassmen and the upperclassmen will have their helmets in hand as they file onto the practice fields for the start of training camp.

Undrafted linebacker-turned-safety Kanorris Davis was the first one out there last year. With 36 new players and 90 altogether, though, it remains to be seen who it will be this year.

A lot remains to be seen.

Here are five things to keep an eye on once the Patriots open camp on July 24. (more…)

New England Patriots Mailbag: Pre-Training Camp Edition

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones is entering his first training camp as a member of the New England Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The rookies report on July 20. The veterans arrive on July 23. And at 9:15 a.m. on July 24, the two sides of the New England Patriots spectrum will meet on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for training camp. will be there to provide coverage of the first week as it unfolds. Yet until then, as the final days of the Patriots’ 2014 summer unfold, there are some things left to cover in this July 18 mailbag. (more…)

2014 Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection: Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A third-round draft selection in 2013, Duron Harmon is now running for a starting job in New England’s secondary. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

With organized team activities and mandatory minicamp all wrapped up, it’s officially summer for the New England Patriots. But come July 24, the rest and relaxation will be over for the 90-man roster.

It is then that training camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium will commence. It is then that the competition for roster spots will be heightened to a level far exceeding offseason workouts. It is then that head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and staff will start the clock.

Time will be of the essence.

By 4 p.m. on Aug. 27, the organization’s brass will have to whittle the roster to 75 players. And by 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, they’ll have to cut it down to 53. (more…)

Timing and Trust: Patriots Wideout Kenbrell Thompkins Builds Connection in Preseason Opener

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Kenbrell Thompkins is establishing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. His performance versus the Eagles proved it. (Photo: NFL Preseason Live)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

On his second offensive drive against the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-team defense, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady converted seven of eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

No. 12 didn’t hold much back in the Aug. 9 preseason opener.

After handing the ball off six consecutive times on New England’s first drive, Brady distributed the ball to four different receivers on his second drive. He hit free-agent acquisition Danny Amendola for six yards. He hit rookie second-round pick Aaron Dobson for 23 yards. He capped it off by hitting third-year running back Shane Vereen for 13 yards.

Yet over the course of a seven-play sequence, Brady hit another target four times.

That target was Kenbrell Thompkins.


Open Thread: Patriots Training Camp

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Tom Brady Tim Tebow

Tom Brady’s play during practice in Philadelphia is keeping Tim Tebow firmly in the background of Patriots fan’s minds. (Photo: Wayne Jones)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

You’ve been to practice. You’ve read the reports.

Now is your time to lay it out there – let us know in the comments section who you’ve been impressed with and who has disappointed you so far.


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