Posts Tagged ‘Patriots Training Camp’

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.


The Three Dimensions of Patriots Rookie Tight End Zach Sudfeld

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Zach Sudfeld is a three-dimensional chess piece for the New England Patriots offense. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

His University of Nevada Wolf Pack teammates called him “Flint,” because all it took was one catch for him to fire up the offense. Now, his New England Patriots teammates call him “Sunshine,” because his long locks draw resemblance to Ronnie Bass from Remember the Titans.

But regardless of the nicknames he has been given, tight end Zach Sudfeld is trying to make his own name in the NFL. And that begins with him making New England’s 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie. (more…)

Notes from Philadelphia: Receivers Impress, Defensive Backs Inconsistent

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

NEPD Contributor: Eric Galko

Watching two teams and a combined set of 180 players wasn’t an easy task during Day One of the Eagles-Patriots scrimmaging. However, with my main focus on the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs, I was able to glean out some impressions from a difficult to keep up with practice.


Revisiting the New England Patriots’ Practice Squad Candidates

Monday, August 5th, 2013

No. 84 Quentin Sims isn’t the only under-the-radar Patriot seeking an extended stay in Foxborough. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With the calendar flipped to August, the New England Patriots are now encompassed in the rhythm of training camp. Before long, there will be joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before long, there will be four preseason exhibition games to play.

And before long, the 90-man roster will be cut to 75 men, then 53.

The stakes are high and the room for error is thin. Because ultimately, 37 current Patriots will find themselves either on the physically unable to perform list, injured reserve or out of a job.

There is one more possible destination, however: the practice squad. (more…)

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