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What They’re Saying: “Momentum Continues To Build” For Patriots Joejuan Williams

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August 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm ET

It’s been a solid preseason for Patriots defensive back Joejuan Williams, who has been terrific so far and looks like a player ready to contribute in their secondary.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything that’s been written about him so far this preseason:

“Joejuan Williams closed quickly on a Hoyer completion to Maurice Harris to make a stop shy of the end zone.” – Jeff Howe, TheAthletic – 7/25/19

“In an 11-on-11, Hoyer found Phillip Dorsett for a 35-yard touchdown — rookie cornerback Joejuan Williams couldn’t keep up with Dorsett’s speed.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/26/19

“Brian Hoyer made a perfectly weighted toss to speedster Phillip Dorsett on a post route that went for a touchdown against rookie cornerback Joejuan Williams.” – Hayden Bird, Boston.com – 7/26/19

“Got roasted by Dorsett for a touchdown and on a few other passes. Needs to start picking it up.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 7/26/19

“Joejuan Williams had his best day of camp and broke up another pass to Watson. He had a couple on nice breakups today. ” – Steve Balestrieri, PatsFans.com – 7/31/19

“Rookie cornerback Joejuan Williams made his best play of camp, breaking up a pass intended for Dorsett from quarterback Brian Hoyer in 11-on-11s.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“Jason McCourty, Duke Dawson, Terrence Brooks and Williams broke up passes in 11s.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“Rookie CB Joejuan Williams broke up a deep throw intended for Phillip Dorsett. He’s barely made contact with a receiver or the ball so far in camp, so that counts as a step in the right direction.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Rookie CB Joejuan Williams broke up a deep throw intended for Phillip Dorsett. He’s barely made contact with a receiver or the ball so far in camp, so that counts as a step in the right direction.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Rookie cornerback Joejuan Williams enjoyed his best practice to date. Early in the session, Williams ran stride for stride with Phillip Dorsett and broke up a deep ball on a corner route. Later, Williams stepped in front of Maurice Harris to bat down a short pass over the middle.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/31/19

“In a late 11-on-11 drill, Harry beat rookie CB Joejuan Williams and reeled in the ball as he toppled to the ground, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. Harry got up and threw his arms in the air in celebration and chest-bumped with WR Braxton Berrios. ” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Williams covered Harry well on a deep post early in this period. He looks to be making progress after looking overmatched at times earlier in the offseason and at the start of camp.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Harry had a great haul on a deep pass for a touchdown that left Duron Harmon upset with Joejuan Williams.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/01/19

“Patriots cornerbacks JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Keion Crossen and Joejuan Williams (two) and safeties Obi Melifonwu (two), Malik Gant and Devin McCourty had pass breakups in 1-on-1s, 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. ” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Decent day for rookie cornerback Joejuan Williams, who ripped the ball away from Lions receiver Andy Jones in a goal line drill. Williams also stood out in 1-on-1s.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Rookie Joejaun Williams did a great job of hanging with Travis Fulgham on a deep route to force an incompletion.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/05/19

“The Patriots defense had nine deflections in practice – Jamie Collins (two), Duron Harmon (two), Stephon Gilmore, JoeJuan Williams, Keion Crossen, Obi Melifonwu and D’Angelo Ross.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/06/19

“J.C. Jackson and Joejuan Williams both grabbed interceptions. Jackson’s was against Brady going deep for Damoun Patterson, as he stayed underneath and snagged the ball with what looked like one hand. Williams undercut a route to Dorsett on a throw from Jarrett Stidham to make his pick.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/12/19

“JoeJuan Williams had one of his strongest practices, finishing with two interceptions and two pass deflections.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/12/19

“Cornerback Joejuan Williams had perhaps his best practice of the summer. He was very active and made a few plays. This comes after he saw a lot of snaps against the Lions.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/12/19

“Jackson and Joejuan Williams logged an interception.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/12/19

“Joejuan Williams made good use of his height and hands in a jump ball against Harris. Brian Hoyer rainbowed a ball toward Harris, but as the receiver tried to make the catch, Williams stuck in his hands for a breakup.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/12/19

“Joejuan Williams did a nice job staying with Maurice Harris on a deep pattern down the right sideline. Harris couldn’t get position on the rookie, who managed to knock the pass away with an impressive leap.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/12/19

“Jarrett Stidham was 8 of 14 with two interceptions. The first pick would have been a Derek Rivers sack, but the play continued and Stidham tried to hit Danny Etling on a deep ball. Joejuan Williams blocked out Etling and easily picked it off. The second interception was also for Etling, who bobbled the ball and lost it to Gilmore.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/12/19

“Williams’ momentum continues to build. He has a team-high seven passes defensed in team drills with one pick and six breakups. It’d take a lot for him to leapfrog Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson or even Jon Jones, but the coaches have to be happy about Williams’ progress.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/12/19

“The second-round pick had his best practice by far with two interceptions and a pass breakup. He appeared much more confident and physical. Was basically a blanket all over the field.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/12/19

“After enduring a rough start to camp, Williams has come on in major, playmaking fashion lately. He boxed out Dorsett to intercept a deep ball in 1-on-1s, then picked off Stidham on another bomb during a team period. Williams also broke up a pass intended from Harris. No doubt this was the second-round rookie’s best practice as a pro.” – Andrew Callahan, MassLive – 8/12/19

“McCourty’s consecutive pass breakups early in team drills set a foretelling tone for the defense. Williams and Keion Crossen were the only other players to post multiple PBUs Thursday.” – Andrew Callahan, MassLive – 8/12/19

“A real nice day for cornerback Joejuan Williams, who had an interception during team drills (against Jarrett Stidham) and another in individual drills (against Tom Brady). The second-round pick also had a pass breakup during full-squad work ” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/12/19

“Interceptions in team drills: Gilmore (two), safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Jamie Collins and Williams.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/12/19

“Pass breakups in team drills: McCourty (two), Jackson, Jones, Williams, Crossen, safety A.J. Howard and linebackers Trent Harris and Brandon King.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/12/19

“Williams had one of his best practices of the summer.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/12/19

“Had two interceptions today to go with his multiple breakups on Monday. It appears the game is now slowing down for the second-round pick and he’s starting to make plays. This is the type of progress you like to see from rookies and now the hope is he starts to stack success.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/14/19

“The Titans didn’t do much on offense, but most of it was against McCourty, who allowed three big passing plays, including two from Tannehill. With J.C. Jackson and, now, Joejuan Williams possibly breathing down his neck for a starting spot, the veteran doesn’t want to give the upstarts an opening right now.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/14/19

“Stephon Gilmore and Joejuan Williams made nice plays during goal line 1-on-1s. On separate reps, they prevented Titans wideout Corey Davis from coming down with the ball on fade routes to the back corner.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/15/19

“Joejuan Williams remains a work in progress, but he has steadily improved throughout camp, which is all anyone can ask for at this point. His progress showed up again Thursday when he won a one-on-one drill against a Tennessee receiver by breaking up a fade to the corner of the end zone.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/15/19

“Williams, Duke Dawson and Jason McCourty also registered pass breakups.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/15/19

“When the Patriots’ twos came in, there was a tough rep for rookie Joejuan Williams and Keion Crossen, who had a bust that resulted in an easy score. Williams also got whistled for a defensive hold in the end zone.” – Tom E Curran, NBC Sports Boston – 8/15/19

“Rookie Joejuan Williams dominated Corey Davis in a one-on-one matchup . . . Fellow rookie Ken Webster is surging.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/15/19

“Ryan Tannehill threw a touchdown to Taywan Taylor when it looked like Keion Crossen blew a coverage. Titans should have scored earlier to Darius Jennings but Tannehill’s throw was awful. It bailed out Joejuan Williams, who wasn’t listening to the communication from the other DBs and he failed to adjust.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/15/19

“Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore, Ken Webster, Duke Dawson and rookie Joejuan Williams had pass breakups in 1-on-1 drills over Titans receivers. Williams’ came on an impressive play over Titans wideout Corey Davis. Webster, a seventh-round pick, Gilmore, Dawson, Jason McCourty and Keion Crossen went undefeated.=” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/15/19

“Pass breakups in 11-on-11s: Dawson, Williams, McCourty, linebacker Dont’a Hightower.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/15/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

What They’re Saying: Patriots’ Isaiah Wynn Showing Off “Some Nastiness In His Game” After Slow Start

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at 10:14 am ET

After a slow start during this training camp as he continues working his way back from last year’s injury, tackle Isaiah Wynn has started to gain some momentum recently and appears poised to take over the starting job at left tackle.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been written about him during training camp:

“Isaiah Wynn was the starting left tackle during walkthroughs, but he didn’t participate in 11-on-11s.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn was being eased into full-team drills, despite it being a glorified minicamp session, seeing him out there is a very positive sign.” – Steve Balestrieri, PatsFans.com – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn is expected by most to step in and assume starting duties at left tackle, coming off his missed rookie season due to injury. And though Wynn did get some work in at that spot, it was guard Joe Thuney who slid over and shouldered the load on Thursday in most of the team portions of practice.” – Staff, CBS Boston – 7/25/19

“In a great sight for Patriots fans, 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn was back on the field and working as the starting left tackle during non-competitive situations. In team periods, Joe Thuney shifted to LT with Dan Skipper. Figured Wynn would be eased in.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn started the practice at left tackle, which was an encouraging development, but he didn’t finish the workout, likely as the team methodically gets him back up to speed from a torn Achilles. The starting line, from left to right, was Wynn, Joe Thuney, James Ferentz, Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon.” – Jeff Howe, TheAthletic – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn took some reps at left tackle for the first time since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon last preseason. Wynn lined up next to Joe Thuney as the offense ran plays early in practice. However, when things turned to the 11-on-11 portion of the workout, Wynn did not take any reps and Thuney slid outside to tackle, where he spent his time during the spring. With Andrews out, there was a rotation at center that including Ferentz and Karras.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com– 7/25/19

“No surprise but still notable: left tackle Isaiah Wynn was working with Tom Brady and the first-team offense. When Wynn took a break later in practice, Joe Thuney moved to left tackle and Ted Karras jumped in at left guard.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/25/19

“Coming off a torn Achilles that robbed him of his rookie year, offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn is making progress. Wynn didn’t participate in any team drills during minicamp, but he opened as the starting left tackle in the first training camp practice. Wynn saw reps in team drills early in the session.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/25/19

“Second-year offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was on the field and did some work at left tackle, but none of which occurred in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work. Like in the spring, Joe Thuney saw plenty of reps there in his place. ” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI.com – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn, New England’s top draft choice in 2018, missed his entire rookie year due to a torn Achilles suffered during the preseason. He’s been cleared to practice, but during 11-on-11 work, it was Joe Thuney – normally a left guard – lined up at left tackle.” – Jake Levin, NBC Boston – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn did indeed take some snaps at left tackle with the starters on the offensive line. But there was also plenty of Joe Thuney in that spot once again. James Ferentz took David Andrews’ spot at center most of the time, with Ted Karras sliding in for Thuney at left guard.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/25/19

“Isaiah Wynn started practice before working out in a different location with Wise.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal– 7/26/19

“The left tackle situation remains up in the air. Isaiah Wynn lined up as the starting left tackle at the beginning of practice, but departed for conditioning shortly afterwards. He returned for the very end of practice, observing from behind the offensive line.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/26/19

“Isaiah Wynn received a similar work load as he did on Thursday when he saw no reps in 11-on-11. While the tackle watched with the backup linemen during those periods on Day 1, on Friday he joined Wise for a time on the lower rehab field. Wynn did return and was with the team for the rest of the workout.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 7/26/19

“Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was out there once again, but did not compete in any team drills and departed to the lower fields midway through for conditioning work. Joe Thuney saw extensive time at left tackle, as did Dan Skipper. Wynn’s availibility for Week 1 should not be viewed as certain at this point.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 7/26/19

“Same deal as Friday for Isaiah Wynn. The second-year offensive tackle did not participate in team drills.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/27/19

“Once again, Isaiah Wynn was very limited and departed for the lower field to work on conditioning” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 7/27/19

“Deatrich Wise, David Andrews and Isaiah Wynn continue working on their rehab despite being in full pads on the field. Wise and Wynn spent time on the lower field and none of them has taken any full-team reps at this point.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 7/28/19

“Wynn was practically a non-participant. He was present for the beginning of practice, but left for some conditioning work. He returned in shorts and a T-Shirt at the end of the session. Wynn, recovering from a torn Achilles, has not taken a competitive 11-on-11 rep through four practices.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/28/19

“Isaiah Wynn was the starting LT in walkthroughs with Dan Skipper backing him up.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 7/29/19

“Dan Skipper continued to get time with the starters at left tackle. Isaiah Wynn continued to be mostly a spectator. ” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/29/19

“Running back Rex Burkhead and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn were limited.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“Tackle Isaiah Wynn continues to watch during team drills.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/31/19

“Isaiah Wynn participated early on, but eventually worked on the lower field.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn received a slight uptick in work, too. He lined up at left tackle for a half-speed positional drill. Wynn did not participate in 1-on-1s or in 11-on-11s.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/31/19

“Isaiah Wynn took some left tackle reps during a drill with no defense on the field, but he did not participate in 1-on-1s or competitive 11-on-11 drills. It was pretty much all Dan Skipper next to left guard Joe Thuney during 11s” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/01/19

“Dan Skipper once again started at left tackle in the first session of the day. Isaiah Wynn is out there, but not participating in even second-team drills. Cedrick Lang backed up Skipper.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Dan Skipper continues to work with the top offensive line in team drills at left tackle. Isaiah Wynn has yet to take any reps in 11-on-11 work or anything against a defender.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 8/01/19

“After being solely an observer whenever the defense came onto the field, the former first-round pick finally took part in 11-on-11 drills today. Even though there were no pads and the pace was not game speed, this was another step in the process for the projected opening-day starter, which we pointed out the other day. Time is still on Wynn’s side.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/02/19

“But for second-year offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn the workout marked an increase in reps and workload as the 2018 top pick continues to work back from the torn Achilles suffered last August that derailed his rookie season.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 8/02/19

“Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn seems to have increased his practice workload. He was in on full-team walk-throughs. He also participated in second-team 11-on-11 drills. It’s a non-padded practice but still notable.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/02/19

“Left tackle Isaiah Wynn got extended work with the first-team offense in team drills. That’s a step forward for him, even if the team drills were non-contact. When the reps went to full-speed, he began to spend more time with the second-team, with tackle Dan Skipper jumping back into the mix with the 1s.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/02/19

“Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn received snaps in team drills for the first time this summer. This wasn’t a fully padded practice, and so the drills weren’t quite full speed, but this was nevertheless a promising sign.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/02/19

“The Patriots 2018 first-round pick participated more in this practice than we’ve seen all offseason. Wynn was playing left tackle with the backups and although there was no contact, this was a big step in the right direction.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/02/19

“Isaiah Wynn saw his most extensive action of the summer, working in the second group along with Hjalte Froholdt, James Ferentz, Tyler Gauthier and Tyree St. Louis. He lined up at left tackle in 11-on-11s throughout the latter half of practice for his first extensive work against a defense.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/02/19

“Nothing new for offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn. He didn’t participate in competitive positional drills or 11-on-11s. Dan Skipper took all the reps when Tom Brady was at quarterback.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn took reps in a walk-through setting before the Pats and Lions started the competitive drills. Wynn did not participate when the Pats offense faced the Lions defense. ” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/06/19

“Isaiah Wynn was in pads once again and did take part with other starters during the walkthrough. He was limited, though, and didn’t take part in team drills.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/06/19

“The biggest news was that Isaiah Wynn looks like he’s taken a huge step in the right direction. The second-year player took part in contact drills for the first time since suffering a torn ACL Achilles last summer. Wynn rotated in with Dan Skipper at left take with the starting offense. He also took part in 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 contact drills. Wynn could be on his way to starting in Week 1 if he keeps progressing.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/12/19

“The biggest takeaway was tackle Isaiah Wynn participating in full-contact drills for the first time this summer. The second-year player split first-team reps with Dan Skipper, but that could just be until he works his way fully back from a conditioning perspective. This is the biggest sign we’ve seen that points to him being ready for Week 1 against the Steelers. ” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/12/19

“Tackle Isaiah Wynn worked on the left side with the first-team offense. He played at full-speed, too.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/12/19

“But there’s lots of news to get to from Monday’s practice. Chiefly, left tackle Isaiah Wynn saw work in competitive drills for the first time all summer. Wynn is gradually returning from an Achilles tear suffered in the 2018 preseason. His increased workload on Monday is a promising sign for the Pats.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/12/19

“Wynn rotated in with Dan Skipper at left tackle for most 11-on-11 periods. He finished out the day as the left tackle with Tom Brady in the hurry-up drill.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/12/19

“Wynn looked solid in competitive situations. He squared off with Mike Pennel in his first 1-on-1 rep (it appeared to be a draw), and he teamed with Ted Karras to defeat rookies Chase Winovich and Byron Cowart in a 2-on-2 rep.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/12/19

“He started his work in 1-on-1s against the defensive lineman early in practice, handling himself well in his first rep. Later, he lined up at left tackle for two late periods of 11-on-11 offense with the first group. Aside from a handful of reps against a defense here and there, it was the busiest we’ve seen Wynn since before his injury last summer.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/12/19

“Wynn held his own Monday in full-speed one-on-ones and throughout team drills, so this was a positive first step. If Tom Brady makes his preseason debut Saturday against the Titans, the Patriots would probably prefer Wynn to be on his blind side.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/12/19

“Have to admit, Wynn looked pretty good. As a shorter tackle, he’s obviously closer to the ground, but he’s really solid when he’s low and he keeps his feet moving. He’s very stout as well. Kind of reminds me of Brian Waters. Like the former right guard, Wynn also got after it in the run game with good push down the field.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/12/19

“Not only did he take real reps, but he looked pretty good. Now the big test is seeing how he recovers tomorrow. If it’s all good, Wynn should take some reps in Tennessee.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/12/19

“Isaiah Wynn is nearing 100 percent participation after he took his first live reps in team periods and 1-on-1 pass rush Monday. He dug in opposite New England’s starting defense and scout-team unit. Wynn and Skipper split the live first-team reps, but the closest Wynn had been to that type of action previously had been with the third-string unit at less than full speed.” – Andrew Callahan, MassLive – 8/12/19

“Prospective left tackle Isaiah Wynn participated in full-contact drills for the first time. He beat rookie defensive lineman Byron Cowart. He was sharing first-team reps with Dan Skipper.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/12/19

“Isaiah Wynn rotated in with Skipper at left tackle, as Wynn continues to ramp up his participation level coming off his injury-lost rookie season.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/12/19

“Isaiah Wynn got reps with the starters at left tackle. Another step forward for him in what looks to be an extra-slow build toward the season for the sophomore out of Georgia.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/12/19

“New England’s projected left tackle Isaiah Wynn increased his workload Monday. Don’t be surprised if he makes his preseason debut Saturday. He rotated at the top left tackle job with Dan Skipper during Tuesday’s walk-through sessions.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/13/19

“Left tackle Isaiah Wynn, the other 2018 first-round draft choice, was also among the starters for the initial walkthrough at practice on Tuesday. He alternated reps with Dan Skipper on Monday.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/13/19

“After seeing his most extensive action of the summer on Monday, Isaiah Wynn rotated with Dan Skipper with the first group at left tackle. It will be good to see if Wynn can continue that development this week in Nashville and perhaps see some action in the game against the Titans.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/13/19

“Isaiah Wynn was once again rotating at left tackle with Dan Skipper during the walkthrough. Wynn, who is coming back from a torn Achilles he suffered last preseason, took part in competitive 11-on-11 drills for the first time on Monday.” – Steve Hewitt, Boston Herald – 8/13/19

“After participating in live contact drills for the first time this summer Monday, Isaiah Wynn rotated with Dan Skipper at left tackle with the first team. It would not be a shock to see Wynn on the field Saturday night.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/13/19

“After receiving about half of the competitive reps in Monday’s practice, Isaiah Wynn saw his workload scaled back a bit. Wynn did not participate in a competitive 2-on-2 drill at the beginning of practice. In 11-on-11s, he took the first rep in each period and then exited, giving way to Dan Skipper. Wynn’s involvement in full-speed team drills is a notable development this week.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn may have taken a little bit of a step back. After rotating with Dan Skipper back in Foxboro, he only did the first rep in all team periods and then was relieved by Skipper. He did not do any 1-on-1s and was limited in 4-on-4s. Afterwards, he did acknowledge he’s 100 percent and could play in a game.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn took the first rep but then made way for Skipper in each 11-on-11 period. Wynn rotated in for an extra rep during one of those periods. This was less work than Wynn got Monday when he monopolized the starting left tackle reps.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn continued to work his way into being a more regular participant, splitting reps with Dan Skipper at left tackle.” – Tom Curran, NBC Sports Boston – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn and Skipper both worked at left tackle with the first group. Wynn seemed to open most segments but didn’t always stay in the lineup for more than a play. He did some solid work, though, whether it was in 1-on-1s or in normal 11-on-11 periods. His physicality is tough to miss, and after practice he told reporters that he is 100 percent healthy and would be ready to play in Week 1 if that’s what he’s asked to do.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn basically split snaps with Dan Skipper. That’s another big step forward. Wynn even got tangled up in the wash and went to the ground but bounced right back up. Wynn really looks good in all his reps. He’s got really quick feet and is stout.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/14/19

“Isaiah Wynn took the first snaps at left tackle for most series before giving way to Skipper. Wynn showed great lateral movement and power on one play in which he wiped out the middle linebacker as Brady completed a pass to Berrios. Wynn did run a penalty lap when he flinched during individual drills.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/14/19

“Skipper started at left tackle for the first run-heavy period of the day, but he rotated with Wynn after every two reps. Wynn was the starter for the first two pass-heavy periods, and he has held his own with a large degree of success. Whether it’s due to conditioning or Achilles management, the Patriots have seemingly been reluctant to give Wynn a full workload in 11-on-11s. It’s certainly not due to lackluster performance.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/15/19

“Isaiah Wynn got a significant amount of work on Thursday and he continues to look like a more-than-solid offensive lineman. Probably closer to really good.” – Tom E Curran, NBC Sports Boston – 8/15/19

“The 11-on-11 offense saw Dan Skipper and Isaiah Wynn alternate at left tackle. Skipper took the first two reps while Wynn got the next two. After that Cole Croston also saw some action as Skipper once again dealt with some heat-related issues. Unlike Wednesday, Skipper was able to continue and eventually made it back into the lineup and finished practice.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/15/19

“Isaiah Wynn participated a little more than he did on Wednesday and held up fine. The second-year player has some nastiness to his game.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/15/19

“Isaiah Wynn got a little hot under the collar after a nice battle with Jayon Brown during pass-rush drills. Again, cooler heads prevailed.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/15/19

“Wynn and Dan Skipper continued to rotate at left tackle. Both struggled during the final two-minute drill and likely would have given up sacks if the QBs weren’t off-limits.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/15/19

“Isaiah Wynn seems to be coming along well. Wynn has seen an uptick in snaps over the past week. He participated in 11-on-11s on Thursday, often subbing out after the first two reps of each period (he did stay in for one period start-to-finish, however). Wynn also turned in an impressive 1-on-1 rep against Titans outside linebacker Sharif Finch. There was a little extra shoving between the two players at the end of the rep.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/15/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

What They’re Saying: Jonathan Jones: After “Strong Camp”, CB Poised to Earn a Bigger Role in Patriots Defense

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Patriots training camp has seen Jonathan Jones as one of the most consistent performers in their defense, with Jones playing like a player who knows this is his chance to earn a bigger role in the team’s secondary.

He had plenty of terrific moments, and here’s a rundown of what’s been written about him:

“Jonathan Jones stood out among his peers on Thursday. The slot cornerback intercepted Brady in 2-on-2s. In 11-on-11s, he deflected a Brady pass. Both plays happened with him covering Braxton Berrios. Also deflecting passes were Jackson, Crossen and D’Angelo Ross.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/25/19

“Jones, who’s competing for a starting job in the Patriots’ base nickel defense, was a standout in practice. He intercepted Brady during 2-on-2 drills in a target to wide receiver Braxton Berrios. He broke up another Brady pass to Berrios.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/25/19

“Jones made a nice interception in two-on-two work, as Brady tried to fit a fade to Berrios in the right corner of the end zone. Jones had strong coverage throughout the play and appeared to have his way with Berrios in several matchups.” – Jeff Howe, TheAthletic – 7/25/19

“Jones matched up against Braxton Berrios on a couple of occasions and blanketed him. The first resulted in a terrific interception as he was able to get position on Berrios and made the leaping catch.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 7/25/19

“Cornerback Jonathan Jones intercepted Brady’s first throw in competitive reps (a 2-on-2 drill). The pass was intended for second-year receiver Braxton Berrios. Jones showed up again with a deflection on a pass from Brady to Berrios in an 11-on-11 drill in the red zone. These weren’t the only misfires from Brady to Berrios.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/25/19

“Jonathan Jones, who played a key role in both the Super Bowl and the AFC Championship, was the standout from Day One. He intercepted Tom Brady during a 2-on-2 goal line drill. Brady threw a fade for receiver Braxton Berrios, and Jones high-pointed the ball and came down with the pick.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/25/19

“Jonathan Jones made multiple pass break-ups, as well as an interception of Brady on the first 11-on-11.” – Hayden Bird, Boston.com – 7/25/19

“Jones was one of the biggest stars of the day on defense breaking up several passes, one of which was thrown by Brady in the end zone.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI.com – 7/25/19

“Jones continues to have a strong camp and he finished with two pass breakups on Brady in full-team drills. ” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/31/19

“Jonathan Jones made a really nice play of breaking up a pass intended for Berrios. Jones is having an outstanding camp thus far. Perhaps only Gilmore is playing better in the secondary right now.” – Steve Balestrieri, PatsFans.com – 7/31/19

“Jonathan Jones had two pass breakups in 11s. ” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“CB Jonathan Jones broke up a pass intended for Ben Watson. Jones has been arguably the best defensive player on the field in camp. He is playing like a man who knows the Patriots could get rid of him at no cost whatsoever. He needs to prove he belongs over younger, cheaper options, and so far he has done that.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Jonathan Jones made a nice pass breakup against Braxton Berrios. Tight coverage all the way over the middle and got an arm in to disrupt the catch.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Not sure you’ll find many other players who have had a better or more consistent camp than Jones. He’s been dominating in the slot and has been a real pain in Braxton Berrios’ rear end.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/02/19

“Jones is also giving receiver Braxton Berrios fits. He broke up a target intended for Berrios on Friday, and Berrios was deeply frustrated. It was a simple crossing pattern, which seems to get broken-up on every target for Berrios. ” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/02/19

“CB Jonathan Jones broke up a pass intended for Berrios in this session. He’s been one of the best players on the field in camp. The way he’s playing, he easily looks like the starting slot corner.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/02/19

“Jones hasn’t had a down day yet. He’s arguably been the Patriots’ most impressive player in training camp.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/02/19

“Patriots cornerbacks JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Keion Crossen and Joejuan Williams (two) and safeties Obi Melifonwu (two), Malik Gant and Devin McCourty had pass breakups in 1-on-1s, 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. ” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Jonathan Jones’ strong camp continued as the slot corner made a terrific diving deflection to knock down a pass intended for Chris Lacy during 7-on-7s.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/05/19

“It was a tough day for both slots, but Jones had the rougher day as he was victimized by Danny Amendola and others several times as the Lions had a good day on offense.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Jonathan Jones, who has been outstanding during camp, lost a battle with Danny Amendola on a cross route for a third-down conversion. ” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/06/19

“Jonathan Jones continued his solid summer by standing out in 1-on-1 work.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI – 8/12/19

“Cornerback Jon Jones is a nightmare for receiver Braxton Berrios, who has struggled to separate from Jones all throughout training camp. ” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/12/19

“Jakobi Meyers continues to impress, making a handful of catches, including a sneaky back-shoulder seam snag from Brady with Jonathan Jones in coverage.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/12/19

“Pass breakups in team drills: McCourty (two), Jackson, Jones, Williams, Crossen, safety A.J. Howard and linebackers Trent Harris and Brandon King.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/12/19

“Jonathan Jones spent some time early in practice returning kicks. Jones can absolutely fly and would seem to be a great candidate to fill a role that doesn’t have an obvious candidate.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/13/19

“Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries was among those who left practice early. Humphries didn’t do much against a dominant Patriots secondary. He had one opportunity for a big play, but let the ball bounce off his chest and to the ground on a deep route. Humphries had beaten Jonathan Jones on the play.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/14/19

“Cornerback Jonathan Jones anticipated a Marcus Mariota throw in a goal line drill and recorded the pass-breakup.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/15/19

“Jon Jones had some up and down moments during a seven-on-seven period. He showed off impressive instincts by anticipating a check down, peeling off his man, and then breaking up a pass intended for Taywan Taylor. Jones was later beaten on a touchdown pass to Jennings.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/15/19

“Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Brown, a rookie wideout out of Ole Miss, got a bit heated about midway through practice during some 11-on-11 work. The two were lined up to the offensive right side but Marcus Mariota’s throw went the other way. That didn’t stop the two from getting into as Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones also came over to get involved.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/15/19

“Pass breakups in 7-on-7s: Jackson, cornerback Jonathan Jones, Gilmore and linebacker Jamie Collins.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/15/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

What They’re Saying: Patriots Sony Michel “Continues to Be the Top Running Back on the Depth Chart” After Strong Start

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After a solid first season, Sony Michel continues to improve at training camp and appears on track to be the team’s top back again in 2019.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been written about him so far during this training camp:

“Running back Sony Michel and center David Andrews also returned to practice. Michel was activated off the physically unable to perform list.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/27/19

“Michel got the first carry for an 11-on-11 run game installation, followed by rookie running back Damien Harris.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/27/19

“Back from the PUP list, Sony Michel took the first rep during running back during team drills, but departed for conditioning work on the lower field when the contact ramped up.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/27/19

“Michel spent some time catching passes from Brian Hoyer early on before retreating to the lower rehab field for some conditioning work. He appeared to run well coming off an offseason knee procedure.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 7/27/19

“Fellow second-year pro Sony Michel was limited. Michel, who came off the PUP list on Saturday, did not receive any reps in 11s.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/28/19

“Sony Michel and David Andrews were both more active than they have been to date in practice, though it was obviously not a full-contact workout.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 7/29/19

“Running back Sony Michel (knee) saw reps in competitive team drills for the first time. On one carry, Michel showed nice burst and change-of-direction skills. He looks to be making progress.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/31/19

“Running back Sony Michel saw an uptick in work for the second consecutive day. Michel earned the first carries in several 11-on-11 periods. After undergoing a minor knee procedure in the spring, Michel looks to be at or near full speed. He’s running with burst and agility in practice.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/01/19

“At one point the offense committed a false start and literally everyone on offense had to run a lap. Even Edelman joined his teammates on the jog. Shortly after that, Brady and RB Sony Michel bungled a handoff and the offense had to run yet another lap.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Can’t cough one up after the entire offense just ran a lap. Even if there was something off about the exchange from Brady.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/01/19

“In a promising development for his potential to be a three-down back for this team, Michel was much more involved in the passing game in this practice and showed off some nice hands/agility on a few receptions.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/02/19

“Many are looking for Sony Michel to improve in the passing game this season. The second-year back did make a nice stretching catch on a ball from Brady to beat Jamie Collins’ coverage in an early group drill.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 8/02/19

“Sony Michel saw more work as a receiver on Friday than we’d seen all throughout camp. ” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/02/19

“Particularly impressive catches: running back Sony Michel. Michel has been more and more involved in the passing game as the summer has progressed.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/02/19

“Michel is getting more and more reps in the passing game, which is a positive development after he was a non-factor as a pass-catcher in his rookie season.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/02/19

“This was a busy day for running backs in the passing game. And Sony Michel appears to be making progress in that department. In a 7-on-7 drill, Michel made a nice catch from Tom Brady on an out route, fully extending to secure the ball. On another rep, Michel caught a pass in the flat and immediately dodged the first defender, exhibiting impressive agility.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/02/19

“Sony Michel continues to see more involvement in the passing game. And he looks pretty smooth doing it. We’ll see if that carries over to the regular season.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Overall it was a good day for the Patriots so this could have been a number of players but Michel looked vintage tearing through huge holes and, as a bonus, he continues to be more involved in the passing game and caught a RZ TD from Brady.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Michel caught a red zone TD from Brady.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Running back Sony Michel fumbled a toss from Jarrett Stidham during 11-on-11s. Overall, this was a sloppy day on offense.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/06/19

“We haven’t seen much from rookie running back Damien Harris this summer. Harris did not play in the first preseason game, and he hasn’t received many practice reps over the past week. On Monday, Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden handled the bulk of the reps. As always, James White was on the field as a pass-catching specialist. There’s plenty of time left for Harris to show something. At the moment, though, it’s clear that Sony Michel is the team’s top ballcarrier.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/12/19

“Despite competition from a group of strong backs, running back Sony Michel continues to be the top running back on the depth chart.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/13/19

“Brady spent time working in a group with Sony Michel, James White, Ben Waston and Phillip Dorsett early in practice when most of the team was involved in positional drills. Interesting to see the work in two-back sets, something that will be worth watching as the preseason moves on.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/13/19

“Lots of work for the running backs in today’s practice. The final period of 11-on-11s featured two Sony Michel runs, a James White carry, a Brandon Bolden carry, and a pair of screens to Rex Burkhead. Rookie Damien Harris participated, but wasn’t heavily involved.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/14/19

“Brady completed passes to nine players and targeted 12: Rex Burkhead (4 of 4), Dorsett (2 of 3), Jakobi Meyers (2 of 3), Maurice Harris (2 of 3), Ben Watson (2 of 2), James White (2 of 2), Braxton Berrios (2 of 2), Sony Michel (1 of 1), Dontrelle Inman (1 of 1), Lance Kendricks (0 of 1), Damoun Patterson (0 of 1), Ryan Davis (0 of 1).” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/14/19

“Brady’s targets: Braxton Berrios (5 of 7), Jakobi Meyers (4 of 4), Sony Michel (2 of 2), Rex Burkhead (2 of 2), Gunner Olszewski (1 of 3), James White (1 of 3), Dontrelle Inman (1 of 3), Ben Watson (1 of 2) and Damoun Patterson (1 of 1). Brady also had one throwaway.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/15/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

What They’re Saying: Patriots’ Winovich “Looks Like the Team’s Best Rookie”

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Patriots rookie defensive end Chase Winovich has had a terrific camp, with plenty of nice moments as he continues working his way into the line-up. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been written about him after the team finished up their final public session this week.

“Brady took Chase Winovich behind the practice fields after practice, had him get his helmet and tossed him a blocking pad. Brady threw passes and Winovich would hit the QB after he released the pass. One Michigan Man helping another.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 7/28/19

“Chase Winovich got a few snaps with the second team.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/02/19

“Rookie defensive end Chase Winovich, a Michigan alum, had some good reps in 1-on-1s and 11-on-11s. He would have had a sack in full-team drills.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Rookie defensive end Chase Winovich blew up two consecutive plays in the two-minute period. He would have recorded a sack on the first rep (had he been allowed to hit quarterback Tom Savage). On the next, he drove his blocker backward into Savage, causing the towering quarterback to hit the turf.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“The Lions’ offensive line starters got the best of the Patriots’ pass rushers in 1-on-1s. But local favorite Chase Winovich had a great, quick inside move, Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise (twice) were big winners for the Patriots.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Patriots rookie Chase Winovich was terrific. He turned in the best 1-on-1 rep of the day, blowing by a Lions offensive tackle. He also would have recorded a sack in 11-on-11s. This was the second consecutive strong day of practice for Winovich.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/06/19

“On the defensive side, Chase Winovich and Shilique Calhoun had some splash plays as they brought a little more juice to the proceedings.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Chase Winovich had a great speed inside move that left Lions starting LT Taylor Decker grasping for air. The Michigan fans in attendance were pretty happy.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Winovich with a quick inside move against Taylor Decker.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Had a dominating win in 1-on-1s and continued that into team play as he starts to get more comfortable with the scheme.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/06/19

“Chase Winovich put on a show in front of family and friends in Michigan jerseys. He won all three of his one-on-one reps, using his quickness on one rep, bending around a tackle on another and powering through a holding penalty on a third. (He also steamrolled receiver Brandon Powell in a kickoff period. Almost a 60-pound difference between the two, and Winovich made Powell pay for getting in his way.)” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/06/19

“Chase Winovich, James Develin, and Deatrich Wise were among those staying late on the back field working on drills with the tackling dummies.” – Jim McBride, Boston Globe – 8/12/19

“On the rep preceding Jackson’s interception, rookie pass rusher Chase Winovich blasted around the edge for what would have been a sack of Tannehill (of course, there’s no contact with quarterbacks in practice).” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/14/19

“Winovich also intercepted Tannehill in a different 11-on-11 period. The ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Deatrich Wise, and Winovich — also rushing the passer — reacted and dove for the interception.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/14/19

“A third-round pick out of Michigan, Winovich isn’t getting a ton of first-team work, but his impact is felt in every practice (he also enjoyed a strong debut in the preseason game at Detroit). There’s little doubt that Winovich will play a good amount as a rookie. He’ll push John Simon, Derek Rivers, and Shilique Calhoun for time.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald– 8/14/19

“Deatrich Wise tipped a pass at the line that was intercepted by Chase Winovich.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/14/19

“Winovich got some time over the center. Could just be trying him out in a sub package look.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic– 8/14/19

“Overall, the pass rush had another strong day. The front seven keeps stringing them together. Good looks by Winovich, Rivers, Shilique Calhoun, Dont’a Hightower and Michael Bennett.” – Jeff Howe, The Athletic – 8/14/19

“He also had an interception but he’s been more impressive in team drills where he seems to always be in the backfield or setting a strong edge. He’s standing up all the tight ends he goes against. Would like to see some reps against tackles.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/14/19

“Chase Winovich over Tyler Marz. Just dipped around him and put on the jets.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal– 8/15/19

“DE Derek Rivers: Went 0 for 2 in his one-on-one reps and really didn’t distinguish himself in these practices. You hardly noticed he was there, unlike Chase Winovich who again had another good joint practice.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/15/19

“Chase Winovich did a lot more moving around in this practice and encroached once trying to anticipate the snap.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/15/19

“The Pats used Chase Winovich over the nose in one sub-defense package. Winovich, who looks like the team’s best rookie at the moment, is pushing for time with the starters. He would have seen more reps if not for an offside penalty during 11s.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/15/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

Patriots Training Camp Observations 8-12, Defense Impressive Again

Steve Balestrieri
August 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm ET

The Patriots offensive players must miss Detroit. Because on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, the defense was very, very impressive today. After struggling somewhat against this loaded secondary, the New England wide receivers had very impressive weeks in Detroit. But not so much today.

In the next to last training camp session, the defense was ball-hawking everything in sight. Tom Brady threw back-to-back INTs during individual drills but in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portions of the session, the defense also picked off Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham …with seven on the day total

One of the more impressive players on the field today had to be rookie Joejuan Williams. The first-year cornerback had a bit of a rough go of it early in camp but he picked up his game last week and continued his upward climb today. He had a couple of nice interceptions and had a few pass breakups as well.

The team was in full pads.

Attendance:  

Nate Ebner and Ken Webster returned to practice. Lance Kendricks returned …in a red non-contact jersey. Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, and Cameron Meredith were in attendance but not in uniform. Matt LaCosse, N’Keal Harry, and D’Angelo Ross were absent from this session. 

There was also a new offensive lineman [#74] present but no word yet on who that is…possibly Cole Croston returning? 

Other Observations Included: 

  • Good news on the Isaiah Wynn front. He was nearly 100 percent at participation today. He took part in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in camp.
  • Lots of drops, pass breakups, and interceptions in individual drills today.
  • First real scrap today. Michael Bennett and Dan “the Weatherman” Skipper got into during 1-on-1 blocking drills. Bennett slapped him upside his helmet and Skipper responded with a double-barrelled bird flip.
  • Pat Chung made a nice interception of Brady during 7-on7s. Brady attempted to go to Braxton Berrios on a drag route but Chung read it perfectly and jumped the route.
  • Others getting picks during the team portion of the session were Gilmore with a pair, Jamie Collins, and Williams
  • Jake Bailey was doing the holding during the field goal attempts today by Stephen Gostkowski…that is Gostkowski with two “k’s” 
  • During 1-on-1s Jonathan Jones flattened Berrios with a jolting hit but the WR came back and made a really nice over the shoulder catch after almost going down again on a hit from Duke Dawson. 
  • Berrios returned punts along with Rex Burkhead, Gunner Olszewski, and Jakobi Meyers
  • Berrios continued a strong showing in the return game as he and Phillip Dorsett returned kickoffs. 
  • Jakobi Meyers continues his rise in camp. He had another nice day, making several catches including a nice back-shoulder catch on a pass from Tom Brady and another where he dove and came up with a throw from Brian Hoyer on the sideline.
  • Maurice Harris had a drop during team drills and wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen this summer, but then made a really nice grab as he was able to wrest the ball away from Gilmore as he high-pointed it. 
  • QB turned WR Danny Etling had a tough morning. He had a drop in individual drills and was the target on both Stidham throws that were picked off. 
  • The Patriots tried a little trickery with a double pass from Meyers to James White. 
  • White also had a nice deep catch from Brady over his shoulder beating Christian Sam in coverage. 
  • Danny Shelton left practice and retreated to the lower practice fields but later returned.
  • Jon Bon Jovi was in attendance today, along with Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy who did a quick interview with 98.5 after the session

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New England Patriots News 8-11, AFC East Notes

Steve Balestrieri
August 11, 2019 at 5:00 am ET

Good morning, here is your Sunday Patriots news 08-11 and AFC East notes this week. 

The Patriots return home and are off today after they played their first preseason game of the year against the Lions. They’ll be back at practice tomorrow and Tuesday and then head off to Tennessee where they’ll conduct joint practices with the Titans before preseason number 2. 

Check back with us frequently on PatsFans.com as we’ll continue to post daily training camp updates as well as breaking news. 

 Quick Hitters:

Chase Winovich – “It felt good to have it all come together,” Winovich said. “Hopefully, I made my family a little proud today.” On his first NFL action [1.5 sacks] and having his family there to see it.

Tom Brady – celebrating more for Brian Hoyer than Jarrett Stidham on Thursday? Don’t laugh, it is true. In the deep dive to find any controversy in Foxboro, we now have people analyzing his body language. 

Damien Harris – Didn’t play a down in Detroit, causing some to wildly speculate on what was the reason. I’d put money down that the coaching staff already puts him with some of the other established veterans [James White, Sony Michel] and gave him the night off. He’ll get plenty of work in Tenn. this week. 

Matt Patricia – was hearing the boo birds in Detroit on Thursday night. Entering his second season as the head coach, he’s already feeling the heat. The Lions’ fans have endured 60 years of frustration and that awful showing in the first preseason game was not a good start. 

Bill Belichick – Was in midseason form on Friday. Asked if Jerod Mayo was calling the defensive plays, Belichick refused to confirm or deny it. Pressed on it, in typical clipped Belichickian, he said, “we do what’s best for the football team and will continue to do so.” Well…all righty then.

Dan Skipper – the huge 6’9 left tackle hasn’t exactly filled the coaches and fans with optimism this summer. However, in the Thursday preseason opener, we didn’t hear his name called once as Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham worked for the most part with clean pockets. Granted, the Lions didn’t have their top starters out there. But at this point, we’ll take what we can get… A much bigger test awaits in Tenn.

Belichick Doesn’t Use New Coach’s Challenge on DPI:

There has been a ton of buzz this offseason on the new coach’s challenge for defensive and offensive pass interference and how they will change the game, especially time-wise. 

During the Patriots game with the Lions this week, there were two plays that the Patriots could have challenged during the game. Both were long passes from Jarrett Stidham to Maurice Harris. Both passes went off Harris’ hands, however, both seemed to be classic cases for the coach to throw the flag. 

Belichick didn’t choose to challenge either play although there was sufficient video evidence to suggest that both plays were DPI.  He was asked why he chose not to challenge the plays during his presser on Friday and gave a very distinct un-Belichick response to those questions. 

“It’s just… I don’t know. Maybe I’ve got to get used to the new rules.” 

Matt Patricia did challenge one play but the official call on the field stood and his challenge was denied. He had this to say after the game.

 “I think right now with the preseason, I think a lot of us, coaching-wise, we’re just trying to figure out how this is all going to be officiated,” Patricia said. I thought that maybe would be an opportunity we can see how they officiate it and we want to take that situation. It doesn’t really matter what we think of it, either way, it’s just I want to know what they’re going to look at and how they’re going to evaluate it.”

Belichick’s comment was far from the norm with him. He is always on top of changing rules and for him to say what he did was very curious, to say the least. 

Jarrett Stidham Finishes Off Good Week With An Impressive Game:

Oh my, how perceptions can change quickly. When the Patriots drafted QB Jarrett Stidham in the spring, the Auburn signal-caller wasn’t on anyone’s hot list for QBs who were designated as future starters in the league. 

But the rookie landed in a perfect place. With Head Coach Bill Belichick, Offensive Coordinator/QBs Coach Josh McDaniels, he has the right people for him to teach the system, and language of the Patriots offense. Don’t discount Asst. QBs coach Mick Lombardi. Of course, it doesn’t hurt learning on how to run the Patriots offense from Tom Brady. 

Stidham was a mixed bag in minicamp and early in training camp as he was trying to learn the system and how everything works together. Contrast that to the poised, calm demeanor we saw on Thursday in the huddle for the Patriots.

Granted it is only one game and as Belichick is sound of saying, “we have a long way to go”, but the coaching staff has to be quite pleased with how far and fast he is progressing. His deep ball accuracy is something he’s shown all summer and he delivered two passes on the money to Maurice Harris, but he dropped both. 

While it is far too soon to be putting him in competition with Brian Hoyer for Brady’s backup QB job [Hoyer was equally, if not more impressive Thursday night], now the doubts about his ability are being replaced with cautious optimism.

Bill Belichick chimed in on his performance during his Friday presser.

“I think there were several plays that fell into all the categories – quick throws where the read was clear and the receiver was open, and then maybe a secondary read, and then there were a couple of times where he scrambled and extended the play,” Belichick said. “Ran a couple of times and completed a pass. There was a little bit of everything there and most important thing for the quarterback is not to turn the ball over make good decisions and throw accurately. He did all those at times.”

Meyers Continues A Stellar Camp With A Big Game Performance:

For a guy who caught 92 passes a year ago, it was a bit of a surprise to not see Jakobi Meyers get drafted in April. While he didn’t test well at the NFL Combine [4.6 time in the 40], watching him play at NC State was another thing. And he’s carried that over to the Patriots now.

We’ve been singing his praises for a bit now as he constantly shows up big in practice and joint practice. He’s developing a chemistry and trust factor with Tom Brady, that we wrote about last week. But he had yet to do it in a game, which the UDFA rookie says he heard too.

 ”I was getting a lot of texts about, ‘Oh I heard you were doing great in practice,”’ Meyers said. ”It doesn’t mean anything because we didn’t have a game yet. So just the fact that I can go out there and show that I deserve to be here, for now, I’m just trying to keep pushing forward.”

In his first game action, Meyers was very impressive catching six passes for 69 yards and two TDs. And the rookie has his feet firmly on the ground, he isn’t worried about who DIDN’T draft him, but working for who did.

”I have to keep proving to my coaches that I deserve to be here,” Meyers said. ”I’m not on the team yet. I’m trying to make sure I can stay here and continue to be here. That’s who I’m trying to prove a point to, not really to people who didn’t give me the call.”

After the game, he was asked about his ability to catch on with this offense so quickly, something several established [and very productive] WRs have been unable to do. His comments were spot on.

“Because I want to be great,” he said. “I want to be in a position where they can depend on me, trust on me in tough downs, and at the same time, we’ve got a lot of great players on our team. All I have to do is listen. If I’m doing what they tell them to do, then I’ll just stick around.”

Winovich, Unlike Samson May Get to Keep His Hair:

Rookie edge player Chase Winovich has had a good productive training camp. And on Thursday night in front of a lot of hometown fans and family where he played nearby at Michigan, they got to see him perform. And he was very impressive with 1.5 sacks and displaying his non-stop motor, very good hands and bend coming around the edge.

Winovich spoke to the media after the game and made sure to downplay his own accomplishments and speak about the team, like he’d been playing for Belichick for years…

“It was cool. But it’s like anything. I’ve talked about this before, and I’ve always felt this way, and it’s definitely emphasized here,” Winovich said. “You saw me make the play, maybe on a couple of occasions today. But really, there are so many guys up front – Nick [Thurman], David [Parry], Byron [Cowart], Trent [Harris], really all the linebackers making the calls, Terez [Hall], Christian [Sam], and I could go on and on. There are so many intricacies during the game itself, just making adjustments with Coach [DeMarcus] Covington and Coach [Joe] Kim and Coach [Jerod] Mayo. I could name everybody by name. Just everything that goes into there and then goes back to all the work that we put in, staying extra at times, going over stuff, and working with Willie McGinest on technique.”

Belichick had to like his next answer when he was asked about what has he learned the most since joining the team this spring. 

“That’s probably my biggest thing, is the physicality and the moves and stuff, you improve on that stuff, but I’m just getting a lot better at my awareness and that stuff,” Winovich said. “Just trying to get better. I’m a rookie. I’ve got a lot to improve on.”

Winovich’s trademark look is his long blonde flowing locks, and one of the Patriots rookie initiations is to give them horrible haircuts. The rookie considers his hair a “source of pride and strength”

Winovich took to Instagram after the game with a picture of himself during game action. And one of his comments came from Brady himself who chimed in “Maybe you get to keep your hair.”

If Winovich keeps progressing like he is, maybe some of the players will begin sporting blonde wigs with a flowing mane under their helmets…

Eastbound and Down AFC East Notes:

Bills Trade Eli Harold to Philly For OL Ryan Bates:

The Buffalo Bills have already had a lot of injuries to their offensive line. So, they traded DE Eli Harold to the Eagles for UDFA Ryan Bates who played both left tackle and right tackle for Penn State in 2018. 

Harold was just signed by the Bills this spring. He spent his first three seasons with the 49ers after being drafted in the 3rd Round [79th overall] in the 2015 NFL Draft and produced just five sacks. He notched four more last year with the Lions. With a base salary of just $805,000, Harold is not expensive and should benefit from playing in the aggressive scheme of Jim Schwartz. 

Bates wasn’t expected to make Philly’s roster and the OL is a position of need for Buffalo after the injury bug has hit. This move makes sense for both teams. 

Stills Doubles Down on Criticism of Dolphins Owner Ross for Trump Support:

The Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is hosting a fundraiser for his old friend Donald Trump who is running for re-election in 2020. That fact doesn’t sit well with Dolphins WR Kenny Stills who blasted the owner on social media stating, “you can’t have a non-profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump.”

Stills is referencing Ross’ non-profit organization the RISE Foundation which is hosting the event at Ross’ home. RISE [Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality] stands for racial equality and according to Stills, Ross is being hypocritical for hosting Trump with this event. 

Head Coach Brian Flores on Wednesday said that while he respects the veteran receiver using his platform, he was disappointed that Stills didn’t talk to Ross directly instead of airing it out over social media. Stills, after the Dolphins preseason game on Thursday, added more fuel to the fire.

“Someone has to have enough courage to let him know he can’t play both sides of this,” Stills said. “It’s something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision. … If you’re going to associate yourself with bad people, then people are going to know about it. I put it out there for everybody to see it. If you say you’re going to be about something, let’s be about it.”

Ross also stood by his friendship with the President with a statement of his own. “I always have been an active participant in the democratic process. While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly and support the things I deeply care about,” Ross said.

“I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions. I started my business with nothing and a reason for my engagement with our leaders is my deep concern for creating jobs and growing our country’s economy.

“I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges.”

Stills is not expected to receive any discipline from the team over his criticism of the team’s owner and Ross has stated that he doesn’t take the comments personally. 

Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite Quiet in Jets PS Opener:

The New York Jets played their next-door rivals, the New York Giants in preseason Week 1 this week. Top draft pick Quinnen Williams had a fairly quiet game, playing in just 11 snaps on defense but did draw a penalty, and assisted on one tackle.

Edge player Jachai Polite, the rookie edge player from Florida, who has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism early in camp played mainly with the third-team defense and also was not as active as the coaches would have hoped. He was in on two tackles and played in 32 defensive snaps.

Sam Darnold and the offense, however, was a different story. Darnold started the game and needed only seven plays to travel 75 yards for a touchdown. Included in that were a 32-yard pass to Chris Herndon where Darnold scrambled to find him and a 28-yarder to Jamison Crowder on a check down. He later hit Crowder for a three-yard touchdown to finish off the drive.  A very good start for Adam Gase’s offense and Darnold in his second season. 

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“It’s a different type of preparation when both teams practice together, both teams get an equal opportunity to practice against each other, get familiar with each other instead of running plays off cards. The other teams actually do what they do and we develop a familiarity with them as well as compete against them. If you don’t do that then both teams prepare separately without that type of competitive preparation and then play the game. We got a lot of good 1-on-1 work, a lot of good individual work, and we got a lot of good teamwork for all three days.”Bill Belichick on joint practices –  8-9

“So, how was your week?”

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What They’re Saying: Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham ‘Clearly Making Progress’

Ian Logue
August 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm ET

Jarrett Stidham has put in a lot of work since training camp opened for the Patriots and while it hasn’t always been pretty, there have been some bright moments recently that could put himself in position to eventually ascend the quarterback depth chart.

Here’s a look at each of the reports on the quarterback from the media since training camp opened:

“Stidham looked like a rookie QB for much of the session, taking too long to process things and holding the ball too long. That is expected for a rookie’s first real practice. But he throws a nice ball and has time to develop.” – Steve Balestrieri, PatsFans.com – 7/25/19

“Jarrett Stidham was 2 of 5 in team drills with completions to Stephen Anderson and Berrios.” – Jeff Howe, TheAthletic – 7/25/19

“Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham found tight end Stephen Anderson for a touchdown, as well. Anderson went full extension to pluck the ball out of the air.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/25/19

“Quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw three interceptions during competitive drills. Safety Devin McCourty nabbed the second and Obi Melifonwu had the third.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/26/19

“Later in an 11-on-11 drill, Stidham, rolling to his left, threw across his body to find Maurice Harris in the back of the end zone. It was an impressive display of arm strength and athleticism by Stidham. To credit Stidham further, he showed nice touch on a touchdown throw to James White, though Brandon King, who is more of a special teams player, was in coverage.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/26/19

“Stidham finished 9/12 with an interception [in full team drills].” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/26/19

“Stidham had a strong finish on Friday. Earlier in practice, the rookie went 1-for-4 in 4-on-4s and then 2/6 with two interceptions in 3-on-3s. Stidham also went 2/3 in 7-on-7s. The fourth-round pick went a perfect 5-of-5 in the final 11-on-11 session of the day. He made multiple impressive throws.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/26/19

“Stidham, meanwhile, went 9-for-12 with a pick in competitive 11-on-11 work. His best work came at the end of the practice when he hit all five of his throws in the final offensive period of the day. He rolled out to his right, away from a Brandon King blitz, and found Jakobi Meyers on a diving touchdown grab. He also hit a beautiful wheel route throw to White down the sideline for another score that was dropped in the bucket. Stidham also had an impressive roll to his left, finding Maurice Harris on a throw that traveled about 30 yards and was caught in the back of the end zone.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 7/26/19

“Where the indecision really hurt Stidham was in the 3-on-2 and 7-on-7 work he did. Working in the red zone in 7-on-7 he was picked by Duke Dawson on one play that stretched too long. Soon thereafter he had one back-shoulder pass broken up by Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty picked Stidham off moments later. Three picks in all between 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills isn’t ideal, but Stidham certainly showed enough promise at the end of the session to give him something positive to build on moving forward.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 7/26/19

“Stidham was intercepted twice during goal line 2-on-2s and 3-on-3s. On the first one, he held the ball far too long and finally floated it into the arms of cornerback Duke Dawson. There were no receivers in the area. On the second, Stidham was picked over the middle by Devin McCourty.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/26/19

“Stidham clearly has a strong arm and he’s capable of making throws on the run. After holding the ball for about five seconds in the pocket, he scrambled to his left, threw across his body, and connected with Maurice Harris in the left corner of the end zone. Stidham finished strong, hooking up with James White for a touchdown on a wheel route during 11s. Stidham recognized pressure on the play and unloaded without stepping into his throw. The ball was perfectly placed over White’s shoulder for the score.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/26/19

“In total, Stidham threw three interceptions in drills against the defense, making a few rookie mistakes. On the other side, he also displayed the talent that led the Patriots to draft him in the first place. Stidham scrambled to his left on one play before throwing across his body into the back of the end zone to find Maurice Harris for a touchdown. It was a throw that produced a cheer from the crowd. He also lofted a perfectly thrown wheel route touchdown to James White over the coverage.” – Hayden Bird, Boston.com – 7/26/19

“He’s constantly been late with just about every pass, he has no idea what the defense is doing, and has very little anticipation. On Friday, that continued in the early going as Stidham was … terrible, going 2 of 7 with two awful interceptions. That being said, when the practice turned to more 11-on-11 work, Stidham completed 8 of 10 passes, including his final four and he threw some beauties: a nice back-corner toss to Maurice Harris, a nice wheel route to James White on an iffy pick play and a few other nice throws into coverage.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal– 7/26/19

“Rookie QB Jarrett Stidham had an up-and-down day. He threw two interceptions, but rebounded with some nice throws late. He rolled out left and threw a couple of nice passes, showing off his quick release. Later on he threw a nice wheel route pass to James White for a touchdown.” – Dan Roche, CBS Boston – 7/26/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham, meanwhile, still holds on to the ball a long time. A few of his incompletions looked to be the fault of the receivers, though.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/26/19

“Stidham did throw a couple of interceptions in red zone drills. On the first one, Devin McCourty tipped an errant pass to himself for the pick. On the second, Terrence Brooks tipped it in the air and Obi Melifonwu came down with the ball.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/26/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham went 2-of-2 in 11-on-11s and 3-of-4 overall.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/27/19

“Stidham was 2-for-2, hitting Maurice Harris on a low throw that Harris told me after the session was snatched before it hit the ground. ” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 7/27/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham went 1-of-2 in 11s and 2-of-4 overall.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/28/19

“During one 11-on-11 session, Jarrett Stidham didn’t get a shot at quarterback. Brady and Hoyer were the priority — the rookie was not, at least for this one session.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/28/19

“Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham saw limited reps, but made the most of them. He zipped a touchdown pass to James White during red zone 11s. White beat linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley on the play. It was a relatively short throw, but the velocity and accuracy stood out.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/28/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham went 1-of-2 in 11s and 2-of-4 overall. The last play of the day was a touchdown toss from Hoyer to Gunner Olszewski.” – Trevor Hass, Boston.com – 7/28/19

“Jarrett Stidham saw only few reps on the day, most of them hand-offs, and one of his only competitive throws of the day glanced off of Watson’s hands. He did make a very nice throw late in the practice to James White near the goal line.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 7/28/19

“Quarterback Jarrett Stidham also overthrew a wide open James White on a wheel route. Stidham might get a pass, considering half-speed could make timing a bit harder.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 7/29/19

“Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham didn’t see many reps in team drills. This was a big Brady day. Stidham had one pass batted down by defensive end Keionta Davis at the line of scrimmage.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 7/31/19

“Jarrett Stidham went 3/5 in full-team drills. He had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage by Keionta Davis.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 7/31/19

“Stidham went 3-of-5 in 11-on-11s and 4-of-7 overall.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“Backup QB Brian Hoyer went 4-of-5 [in 11-on-11s], while Stidham was 3-of-4.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/01/19

“Undrafted receiver Jakobi Meyers is running with the first-team offense. That’s a testament to his outstanding and consistent performances so far in training camp. He made the best play of the day: He jumped between safety Patrick Chung and cornerback Keion Crossen, tipped the ball to himself with one hand and made the catch for a long touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/01/19

“Speaking of Stidham, he had a few brilliant passes at practice. He’s throwing against the third-team defense, but he’s clearly making progress in the offense.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/01/19

“Brady finished strong on Thursday, completing 6/6 passes in the final period to finish 14/19 in full-team drills. Hoyer went 4/5 and Stidham 3/4.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/01/19

“Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham isn’t getting many reps, but he’s making the most of them. Stidham hooked up with fellow rookies Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry for deep touchdowns down the right sideline on consecutive snaps during 11s.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/01/19

“Give the kid some credit. When he was thrown in for Brady, he delivered three dimes down the field to his rookie crew of Meyers (twice) and Harry.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/01/19

“Jarrett Stidham had a nice series of plays running a look unit for the top defense. He went deep down the right sideline on three straight plays. ” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 8/01/19

“Jarrett Stidham strung together a series of good-looking passes midway through the session. He went 3-for-4 in competitive periods, hitting Meyers on what was undoubtedly the play of the day.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/01/19

“Similarly, rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw the ball very well in the lighter workout. He made a number of really nice passes, both in the intermediate game and down the field. He has nice touch on the ball throwing down the sidelines to spots. It will be interesting to see how Stidham responds when the preseason game action hits in Detroit, but he’s making progress and certainly shows some signs of NFL talent.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 8/02/19

“Jarrett Stidham got a little extra work today — perhaps with joint practices, and potentially fewer chances for the rookie, facing the Lions next week — and went 2-for-2 in 7-on-7 work. In 11-on-11, he went 6-for-9 with a nice fade completed to Braxton Berrios, who had to dive in the corner of the end zone to reel it in.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/02/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham went 6-of-9 in 11s and 2-of-2 in 7s. Stidham saw second-team reps over Hoyer, which is notable.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/02/19

“The Patriots also gave more opportunity to Jarrett Stidham. The rookie quarterback took the majority of the reps behind Tom Brady as Brian Hoyer had a lighter workday. The fourth-round pick seemed to make the most of the chance, completing 6/9 passes in 11-on-11s and 2/2 passes in 7-on-7s.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/02/19

“Meanwhile, Hoyer went 1/5 in full-team drills and 3/4 in 7-on-7s. It’s still early, but on this day, Stidham looked like the second best quarterback on the Patriots.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/02/19

“Jarrett Stidham enjoyed a solid day. He consistently got rid of the ball in a much more timely manner than what we’ve seen, and his accuracy was on point for the most part.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/02/19

“Rookie Jarrett Stidham was 2-of-3 with an interception in 11s and 10-of-12 in 7s.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham was intercepted by Lions safety Andrew Adams during an early 11-on-11 period. He was targeting Phillip Dorsett on an out route.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Held the ball forever and then threw a really bad interception. Seemed to be on the upswing at the end of last week but, now, he seems back to being a rookie.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Jarrett Stidham threw a total rookie INT: tried to go to Dorsett in the flat but was undercut by S Andrew Adams.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Stidham held the ball forever on two of his red zone “completions.”” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Jarrett Stidham only threw one pass, an incompletion, in full-team drills, but was a perfect 12/12 in 7-on-7s.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/06/19

“Running back Sony Michel fumbled a toss from Jarrett Stidham during 11-on-11s. Overall, this was a sloppy day on offense.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/06/19

“Jarrett Stidham had a rep that lasted an eternity in 7-on-7 work. Can’t give him credit for a completion when that happens. He was otherwise spotless, however, going 10-for-11 in those 7-on-7 periods.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/06/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.

Patriots at Lions, Preseason Game 1, What to Watch For

Steve Balestrieri
August 7, 2019 at 9:01 am ET

The Patriots are wrapping up their final joint practice with the Lions on Wednesday and then all of the attention will turn to the first preseason game of the year. With that said, we should finally get a look at the Patriots rookie players with the real numbers that they’ll be wearing this season. 

Don’t expect to see any of Tom Brady and most of the starting lineups in Thursday’s game, they’ll get eased more into the next two games. This one is usually about the rookies and the new players to the roster. Expect to see a lot of QB Jarrett Stidham in this one. 

*For you who have been going to training camp, the following are the jersey numbers of the Patriots rookies for the game, unlike the funky numbers they’ve been wearing in training camp.

#4 Jarrett Stidham QB
#7 Jake Bailey P
#9 Gunner Olszewski WR/KR
#10 N’Keal Harry WR
#16 Jakobi Meyers WR
#19 Ryan Davis WR
#33 Joejuan Williams CB
#37 Damien Harris RB
#41 D’Angelo Ross DB
#42 Nick Brossette, RB
#42 Malik Gant, S
#47 Ken Webster CB
#50 Chase Winovich Edge
#63 Martez Ivey OL
#64 Hjalte Froholdt G
#65 Yodny Cajuste T
#67 Tyler Gauthier, OL
#68 Tyree St. Louis OL
#86 Andrew Beck TE
#99 Byron Cowart DL

So, with all of the roster number hoopla out of the way, what exactly are we looking for after preseason Week 1? 

Come Back to Foxboro Healthy: 

Injuries are part of the game and we know they are inevitable, but the last thing you want to see is a player from either team going down with an injury. Just two years ago it was there in Detroit when Julian Edelman made a cut and went down with a torn ACL without being contacted. It ended his season before it began and may have cost the team down the road in Super Bowl LII. 

So, while the coaches want to see their players perform well in all three phases of the game, coming out of the game as intact as possible, health-wise will be paramount.

Watching Stidham and Young Receivers in the Passing Game:

Stidham was drafted by the Patriots with little fanfare, he was hardly thought to be one of the best QB prospects in the draft. Part of the issue was the terrible offensive system they ran at Auburn. Stidham still has a long, long way to go but has been progressing nicely in camp and had a really good day on Tuesday’s joint practice. 

Now, he’ll get to put his foot in the water for his first NFL game action. Thus far, he’s had a typical rookie spring/summer with issues holding the ball too long and trying to learn an entire new offensive system, to some sessions where he’s thrown the ball well.

And he’s got a plethora of receivers who are new to the Patriots. Unfortunately, top draft pick N’Keal Harry may not be among them. Harry tweaked a hamstring in Tuesday’s practice session, so he may be held out of this one…it will bear watching. 

But rookies Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Ryan Davis, 2nd-year man Braxton Berrios, as well veteran newcomers Maurice Harris, and Dontrelle Inman are getting their first reps in Patriots uniforms. 

Meyers is generating a ton of buzz around his play and his early grasp of the Patriots playbook but Berrios, who had a strong spring and a frustrating beginning to camp has shown signs of life against the Lions secondary. These preseason games will tell the tale of who earns more reps and carves out a role on the roster. 

Harris and Inman are veterans but want to put forward solid contributions in preseason working against mainly vanilla coverages to earn more reps with Brady, who is doubtful to make an appearance. 

Rookie Damien Harris has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield during camp sessions. It will interesting to see if the coaches decide to use him and Brandon Bolden in that capacity in their first game action of 2019. 

Running Game Can Be Hit or Miss:

The problem with trying to judge running backs, and Harris should see a ton of action along with Nick Brossette and Jakob Johnson, is that the back-up offensive lines are in the game. And it frequently occurs that the offense can sputter in running situations as the backups don’t have the reps together to work in harmony with one another. 

However, I’m intrigued to watch what Harris and Brossette can do. Brossette will have a very tough time cracking the 53-man roster as the position is loaded this year. But I liked what I saw of him in college and thus far in limited reps. He’s playing for a practice squad role. 

Brandon Bolden is one of our favorite Patriots players to watch. The reserve running back and special teams ace should also see quite a bit of action in the preseason opener both in the running and passing game. 

Special Teams Battle: 

As much as I thought Ryan Allen could have made a case for Super Bowl LIII MVP, I’ve been sold on Jake Bailey since minicamp. He has a leg that puts distance and incredible hang time into the ball which almost puts it into the outer marker for Logan. He and Allen are battling it out for the punter’s job in 2019. While Bailey has the much stronger leg, Allen’s forte is directional punting and consistency, where he has the edge over the rookie.

One thing to watch all thru the preseason is kickoffs. Bailey is adept at it as well as being an emergency field goal kicker. He’s shared duties with Stephen Gostkowski on kickoffs in camp thus far and it could make a difference in the final cutdown. 

Defense As a Whole, But Keep an Eye on the Secondary:

The Patriots defense looks to be much better, deeper and more versatile than last year’s unit.  While many of the starting members may only play sparingly, the guys that really bear watching are the new players or those fighting for roster spots. 

Chase Winovich has stepped up his game in the practices with the Lions, it promises to be intriguing to see A. How they use him and B. How well he does in his first game action. The rookie from Michigan looks to be a very promising player. Shilique Calhoun, we wrote the other day is having a very solid camp. He continued his strong play against the Lions and has a chance to earn more reps as camp progresses. 

Other edge players on the bubble and bear watching are Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis, Trent Harris, Ufomba Kamalu, and Nick Thurman. All of them have played well so far but need to step it up during the next four weeks. 

In the secondary, with Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, and Jason McCourty known quantities, the guys we really want to see are new 2nd round pick Joejuan Williams, Duke Dawson, Keion Crossen and D’Angelo Ross at cornerback. 

At safety, Terrence Brooks, Obi Melifonwu, and Malik Gant are all vying for roster spots behind Devin McCourty, Pat Chung, and Duron Harmon. Both Brooks and Melifonwu have played well and have gotten reps with the starting unit. 

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What They’re Saying: Jakobi Meyers “Really Becoming Involved”

Ian Logue
August 6, 2019 at 7:00 am ET

As the Patriots work with the Lions in joint practices out in Detroit, surprise receiver Jakobi Meyers continues to make a case for himself. Here’s a full rundown of what’s been written about him as he continues fighting for a spot in the offense.

“After flashing a little in minicamps, Meyers continued to take another step with a handful of standout catches. Not the biggest of guys (though 6-1 1/2 and 203 pounds isn’t small, he just doesn’t play that big), but he has great body control and has Velcro hands.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 7/25/19

“Undrafted rookie wide outs Ryan Davis and Jakobi Meyers each made some nice grabs in team drills.” – Ryan Hannable, WEEI.com – 7/25/19

“Jakobi Myers, an undrafted rookie out of N.C. State, made a terrific diving catch on a pass from Stidham late in practice. Myers laid out for the pass and made a finger-tip grab while holding on as he hit the ground.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 7/26/19

“Others to catch the eye Friday: rookie WR Jacobi Meyers out of NC State, receiver Damien Harris and defensive back Obi Melifonwu.” – Dan Roche, CBS Boston – 7/26/19

“Meyers continues to catch our eye on a daily basis with either a good play or a sign that the coaching staff appreciates what he’s doing. ” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 7/27/19

“Jakobi Meyers may be a guy keep an eye on as an undrafted rookie at the thin receiver position, but he was late to arrive to the huddle for third-team reps with Jarrett Stidham during team action. Not a good way to get noticed.” – Andy Hart, WEEI – 7/28/19

“Jakobi Meyers is having a pretty impressive camp along with Maurice Harris. While he isn’t getting the reps that Harris is, whenever he’s being called, he is producing. He used his height to outleap Keion Crosson and brought down a pass from Stidham. I’d put him over Berrios…right now.” – Steve Balestrieri, PatsFans.com – 7/31/19

“Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers also made a standout play in 11-on-11s, climbing the ladder to go up and catch a pass from rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham over cornerback Keion Crossen.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 7/31/19

“Undrafted rookie WR Jakobi Meyers made a great leaping grab over Keion Crossen on a throw from Jarrett Stidham. Meyers looks like he’s gaining traction. ” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 7/31/19

“Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers seems to be ascending up the depth chart. He received extensive first-team work Thursday. He snagged a ball out of the air on a throw from quarterback Tom Brady over cornerback Jason McCourty. He also made an impressive grab over Patrick Chung and Keion Crossen on a high throw by rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Meyers jumped up to knock the ball to himself in the end zone.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/01/19

“Patriots cornerbacks won 10 of 19 1-on-1 drills over wide receivers. Meyers was the best wide receiver in the drill. Braxton Berrios also flashed with two catches. Undrafted rookie cornerback D’Angelo Ross had two pass breakups. Second-year corners JC Jackson, Duke Dawson and Keion Crossen each had one pass breakup.” – Doug Kyed, NESN– 8/01/19

“Undrafted receiver Jakobi Meyers is running with the first-team offense. That’s a testament to his outstanding and consistent performances so far in training camp. He made the best play of the day: He jumped between safety Patrick Chung and cornerback Keion Crossen, tipped the ball to himself with one hand and made the catch for a long touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham.” – Henry McKenna, USA TODAY – 8/01/19

“The undrafted receiver out of North Carolina State was the Patriots best pass catcher on Thursday. Meyers made multiple highlight reel catches, which were eye opening. It was also very noteworthy that the rookie was mainly doing this with Tom Brady on the field.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/01/19

“Meyers was running with Brady’s offensive group as soon as practice started and was quick to make an impact. During 1-on-1s, Meyers went 2-0 against Jason McCourty and J.C. Jackson. In full-team drills, he caught four passes, including three from Brady, to lead all receivers. ” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/01/19

“Undrafted rookie WR Jakobi Meyers stood out in competitive drills. He made a leaping catch over CB Jason McCourty on a deep ball from Brady, and later made the play of the day when he jumped and tipped the ball to himself for a touchdown.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Meyers had maybe the most competitive rep of the day against CB J.C. Jackson. The corner pressed him hard out of his break, but Meyers was able to fight his way free and hold on to the ball with a diving catch.” – Matt Dolloff, 98.5 The Sports Hub – 8/01/19

“Along with Harry, undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers made a few flashy plays of his own. Meyers has arguably had a stronger camp than Harry, and shows no signs of slowing down, getting some reps with the first team offense. ” – Hayden Bird, Boston.com – 8/01/19

“Meyers made the catch of camp to date when a nice Stidham pass found him in traffic against Keion Crossen and Patrick Chung, but Meyers tipped the ball to himself as the defenders collided and Meyers scored by himself.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/01/19

“While the rest of the Patriots’ skill players seem like they’re trying to catch up, Meyers takes the field day after day, and just makes plays.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/01/19

“The single best rep of the period came with J.C. Jackson jamming Jakobi Meyers and nearly stoning him at the line of scrimmage. Meyers eventually recovered, broke off his crossing route and made a diving catch. ” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/01/19

“He continues to make acrobatic catches as well as the more routine ones. And he continues to get reps with Brady. It’s not just side-sessions with the future Hall of Famer anymore.” – Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston – 8/01/19

“Rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers continues to play with the first team. We’ll note he hasn’t been made available to the media the last two days, and it seems as though the Patriots want to limit the hype for the undrafted free agent. He caught three passes from quarterback Tom Brady in 11-on-11s.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/02/19

“Another solid outing for undrafted receiver Jakobi Meyers. The 6-foot-2 Meyers saw a ton of work with Brady and delivered. Brady completed back-to-back passes to the rookie during one 11-on-11 period.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/02/19

“Once again, Jakobi Meyers was playing with Brady’s offensive grouping. The undrafted rookie caught three passes from Brady to lead all receivers on Friday.” – Mark Daniels, Providence Journal – 8/02/19

“Meyers is really becoming involved.” – Greg Bedard, Boston Sports Journal – 8/05/19

“Meyers made a toe-tapping catch in 11-on-11s from Brady. He led Patriots pass-catchers in receptions during full-team drills.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Meyers, Harry, Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olszewski all took punt return reps. That was a first for Meyers, who did muff a punt.” – Doug Kyed, NESN – 8/05/19

“Undrafted rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers keeps rolling. Tom Brady continues to look his way, and Meyers always seems to be open. Like Maurice Harris, Meyers doesn’t appear to be a dynamic athlete, but the production speaks for itself.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Meyers made a terrific leaping catch in 1-on-1s. In Brady’s final period, a hurry-up drill, he immediately connected with Meyers on an out route to start the drive. Meyers also got a crack at punt returner. He’s a work in progress at that spot. Meyers muffed his second return.” – Kevin Duffy, Boston Herald – 8/05/19

“Meyers continues to work with presumed starters and does not look out of place. His diving catch came during 11-on-11 work after he beat rookie corner Amani Oruwariye on a deep out. Meyers reached out full extension and hauled in the pass as he went to the turf near the sideline. His hands have been impressive thus far.” – Paul Perillo, Patriots.com – 8/05/19

You can see more players at our 2019 Patriots Training Camp Player News Database, updated each night during camp.