Training Camp Day One Thoughts

I was in attendance for day one of Training Camp for the New England Patriots, and these are some things I noticed that I wanted to share with you guys.

Secondary Off To Good Start

Christian Gonzalez, Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

For starters, Jack Jones was in attendance and ran with the second team. Rookie first round pick Christian Gonzalez ran the first team. I think what the Patriots are doing here is smart.

You don’t really know what’s going on with Jones until his legal hearing on August 18th. That is a day before their second Pre-Season game against the Packers on the 19th. Let Jones continue to get work with the second team and let Gonzalez get his feet wet with the first team.

Injury Updates

Mike Onwenu, Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Marte Mapu was seen wearing the red non-contact jersey. It continues to seem like he has not fully recovered from his pectoral tear.

The Patriots only missed three players in attendance for day one of training camp. The three missing players were Mike Onwenu, Cody Davis, and Calvin Anderson. Both Onweny and Davis were on the PUP list. Everyone else seemed to be healthy and good to go for day one.

New Receivers Showing Out

Ty Montgomery, Photo by Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that really stood out to me was Ty Montgomery and rookie Demario Douglas were practicing with the starters today. Rookie Kayshon Boutte ran with the second team. This is certainly interesting.

Montgomery looked HUGE, like built huge. I loved seeing him lineup as a receiver in practice. If he can stay healthy, I really believe he can make the 53-man roster and make a huge difference for this offense at the receiver group.

Kyle Dugger Poised For Big Year

Kyle Dugger, Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

We have to talk about Kyle Dugger for a quick second. Contract year, ready to get paid, what does he do the first play of 7v7s? Picks off Mac Jones with a beautiful INT in the back of the end zone.

Now everyone knows I’m a huge Mac Jones guy, but I did cheer for the Dugger INT. I can’t wait to see what he can do this year.

Red Zone Play The Name Of The Game

Mac Jones, Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

For the offense today it was all red zone work. Something they really needed to work on from last season. New England was notoriously of the worst teams in the Red Zone last season. They seemed allergic to it.

Here’s how the Patriots’ quarterback group fared in these red zone drills:

  • Mac Jones – 5/10, INT
  • Bailey Zappe – 4/11
  • Trace McSorely – 3/10

I think it’s safe to say that the defense definitely won the day here. Seems as though the Red Zone is an area that still needs quite a bit of work for this Patriots group.

Patriots Cook-ing?

Dalvin Cook, Photo by Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the cheesey heading, this is definitely something to watch. Patriots fans certainly left training camp with a smile on their face when Matt Groh conformed that the Patriots have been in contact with RB Dalvin Cook.

The Patriots have been rumored to be in the running for the star back for a few weeks now. With the Patriots missing out on DeAndre Hopkins, it seemed even more likely that a move for Cook could happen.

Once again, my hopes are up, and we shall see what happens with this. As always, GO PATS!

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