dangolka (CBS) — This 12 months’s iteration of NFL coaching camp is nothing like coaching camps of years previous. However on Wednesday, issues appeared a bit of extra on the conventional facet for the New England Patriots.
Patriots gamers and coaches took over the fields behind Gillette Stadium for the primary time this summer time on Wednesday, taking the subsequent step in camp. Up till at present, coaches weren’t permitted on the sphere as gamers largely did power and conditioning work. Although there was loads of stretching, Wednesday appeared much more like an precise apply, with gamers operating by means of positional drills through the morning session.
They nonetheless didn’t placed on any pads (that may come subsequent week), however gamers had been sporting helmets for the primary time. The session lasted 90 minutes, and the Pats can be again on the sphere once more on Thursday.
“It was nice, it actually was, simply to get on the market, put the helmets on and transfer round at a quicker tempo,” operating again Rex Burkhead mentioned on a convention name after apply. “Everybody is admittedly itching to get on the market at a quicker tempo and it was good.”
“I believe greater than something, it was simply nice vitality,” added offensive lineman Shaq Mason. “All people was simply excited to get again out on the soccer discipline and grind.”
After getting a look of what he appears to be like like in a Pats uniform, we bought our first have a look at Cam Newton going by means of the motions as a New England quarterback. The group’s official Twitter account posted a dwell stream of the early a part of the apply (roughly 30 minutes), so we bought to see Newton in motion. You’ll be able to see him on the 4:55 mark (stretching and getting his groove on) and the 24:15 mark (rolling out and throwing an precise go!) of the video.
LIVE from #PatsCamp! https://t.co/6xjpJsHWO9
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 12, 2020
There was quite a bit happening Wednesday, and listed below are some fast observations from those that noticed the session from afar:
Hoyer Will get First Reps At QB
Since Newton signed in New England, all of the quarterback discuss has been centered round his battle with Jarrett Stidham for the beginning job. However neither of these two took the primary reps in QB drills — that honor belonged to veteran Brian Hoyer.
So pencil Hoyer in as QB1 on Sept. 13 towards Miami? Not fairly. Hoyer took the primary rep of the group’s rollout drill, however that’s probably as a result of he’s the quarterback with essentially the most expertise in New England. That is Belichick’s method of rewarding the veteran for his years of service, whereas additionally making it clear to Stidham and Hoyer that nothing can be handed to them.
Stidham took the second rep, Newton went third, and undrafted rookie Brian Lewerke rounded out the group.
First Impressions Of Newton
Ask any participant their first impressions of Newton, and so they all go to how massive the quarterback is. Newton’s 6-foot-5, 245-pound body is imposing, and his new teammates are taking word.
“He’s a giant man, simply his bodily presence,” mentioned Burkhead.
A lot of the group already knew that, particularly new large receiver Damiere Byrd, who performed three seasons with Newton in Carolina.
“Cam is a superb participant and he’s going to carry loads of expertise to this group and to that room,” Byrd mentioned of Newton. “I do know [the wide receiver] room was excited to have him and all these guys are working their tails off to get higher every single day.”
Andrews Will get Again To Work
Beginning heart David Andrews took half in his first apply since final preseason, when it was revealed he would miss the complete 2019 season with blood clots in his lungs. Burkhead mentioned that having Andrews again to centering the offensive line is “enormous.”
“He’s an unbelievable participant, not solely simply participant however captain for this group, chief of this group and simply what else he brings,” mentioned Burkhead. “He’s a grasp communicator up entrance, to get everybody in the precise place and shifting on the identical web page. He does it each single day with consistency. He’s an incredible man to comply with for these younger guys and that room to go to if they’ve any questions.”
Masked Invoice Belichick
Belichick was sporting a masks and saved his distance on the sphere throughout Wednesday’s session. The 68-year-old head coach is taking the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols very severely, it might seem.
Invoice Belichick, masked up and intensely distanced. pic.twitter.com/fsYljzqg5Q
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 12, 2020
No phrase on what sort of masks that’s, however perhaps he made his personal out of all these sleeves he has lower off his hoodies over time.