The New England Patriots’ 2019 training camp started yesterday in perfect weather condition and with thousands of fans cheering for their favorite players. The main focus of the day was the building connection between quarterback Tom Brady and first-round rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry, as well as fourth-string QB Danny Etling’s move to wide receiver. Nothing more really happened, so now we are ready to move to do day 2 of camp.
When head coach Bill Belichick first opened up about the upcoming period, he said that the first two days of camp are essentially a continuation of the team’s work in the spring. With players needing some time to get back in shape, their workouts were kept to a minimum. Only the trenches saw little action, while the pass catchers have yet to be challenged into their routes.
The Patriots’ young wide receivers will get the chance to work more with Brady now that Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas are absent due to injuries. First-round pick N’Keal Harry looked amazing out there as did a trio of undrafted rookies – Jakobi Meyers, Ryan Davis, and Gunner Olszewski all showed up, especially during 2-on-2 drills.
We saw former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown back as a coach, the same role he had during minicamp earlier this summer. The three-time Super Bowl winner, who retired in 2008, did again assist first-year position coach Joe Judge on coaching special teams and wide receivers. He has been very beneficial to the coaching staff since joining.
One of the things that changed since last season was Isaiah Wynn. He is now the team’s starting left tackle. After missing all of last year with a torn Achilles, Wynn was expected to make a tremendous comeback and he delivered in the first day of camp! The rest of the roster worked out well, with everyone doing their job – just like Belichick prefers it.