Patriots Training Camp Talk: Benefits Of Joint Practices
Editors Note: Patriots training camp on Friday was a scrimmage between Team Blue and Team White. Training camp notes are at the end with some notes from Bill Belichick’s press conference at the start.
The New England Patriots take on the Jacksonville Jaguars next Thursday to open up their preseason campaign. Ahead of the preseason games, they will be hosting the Jaguars for joint practices on Monday and Tuesday with a joint walk-through taking place on Wednesday.
In terms of preparations, there isn’t much the coaching staff has to do that is different than a normal training camp practice according to head Coach Bill Belichick.
“Not too much. I’d say the biggest difference would be if we were not practicing against another team, we would continue to install things next week, so we’d continue to add things to our daily routine. When you practice against another team, I think you’re better off just going out there and running what you know. So, there won’t be a lot of new installation next week for Jacksonville.
We’ll run what we’ve practiced through tomorrow and try to do it that way. I’d say that’d be the biggest change. If we weren’t practicing against them, then we would continue to add things next week. But, we also would have to commit time to getting ready for the game next week, so running scout teams and running Jacksonville’s plays against us, whereas when you practice against the team, that is the preparation. It kind of kills two birds with one stone there.”
The Jaguars make for an interesting team to practice with. Coach Belichick holds Doug Marrone and the Jacksonville program in high regards for what he did in Buffalo.
“I expect our team to improve and I think that Coach [Doug] Marrone and the program that they have down there, it will be good for us to work against. A lot of respect for what he did at Buffalo. He had a very, very tough team to compete against when he coached in our division. He did a great job throughout his career – Syracuse, when he was an assistant in this league – so, a lot of respect for Doug and the program he runs.”
“I mean, when Rob [Gronkowski] flexes out, he’s about as big as anybody we’re going to play against. But, look, it’s always good to go against different players. Every player has their own unique skill set and all the players in this league are good.
So, it’s always good to see different types of matchups so that each of us, our guys can work against the variety of players that we have, the variety that our opponent has – and not only players but scheme – and see a different scheme, see a different player, a different type of player and different skill set. Those are all valuable experiences, sure.”
Friday’s Patriots Training Camp Notes:
- Nate Solder, Matthew Slater, and Cody Hollister are absent today, same as yesterday.
- Joe Thuney left practice early, was looked at by medical staff.
- Deatrich Wise, played with the first team again today, stripped Jacoby Brissett. Good pressure from the rookie throughout the practice.
- Had two sacks and at least 3 tackles, impressive training camp so far for the rookie.
- Brandin Cooks made a circus catch over Stephon Gilmore.
- Elandon Roberts made several great run stopping plays including one on Dion Lewis.
- Tom Brady had a solid stat line during scrimmage 10 of 12 with one TD.
- Brady’s touchdown pass was to Devin Lucien.
- Lucien later had another touchdown, this one from Jacoby Brissett. It was a beutiful 40-yarder from Brissett, Brady ran onto the field to celebrate the touchdown.
- Garoppolo was 14-36. Brissett went 3-of-7 with a TD
- Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Danny Amendola did not participate in the scrimmage.
- D.J. Foster took some reps as a wide out for Team Blue (Jimmy Garoppolo‘s Team)
- Stephen Gostkowski missed a 47ish-yard field goal wide right. Made three short ones earlier.
- The secondary had an impressive showing against Garoppolo and Team White.
Patriots training camp is back on Saturday, off Sunday, and every day leading up to Thursday’s preseason opener at Gillette Stadium.