At this point, we’re just kind of in the generic, everybody learn how to do your job within the context of the defense, working with different people, different combinations at safety, cornerback, defensive line, whatever it happens to be, just get everybody working together.
“As an offense at this time last year, we really didn’t know where we were at. I think it’s a real benefit to our offense knowing what guys are capable of, knowing the skill set they have to compete at an NFL level. “That’s the difference between a rookie year and a second year. Guys have done it, proved it, and now you have confidence going into the next season that we’re actually good at some things. And those are the things you want to build on. “
A big part of football is seizing opportunity and second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is doing just that. He’s taking repetitions that likely would have been Aaron Dobson’s and making plays that catch the eye.
The rookie signal-caller, meanwhile, showed some growing pains down in the red zone and on the goal line. He waited for windows to open as the light pass rush circled. He overthrew a few open windows, including one to wideout Brandon LaFell. And he ultimately threw a pair of interceptions to special-teams linebacker Chris White and first-year cornerback Daxton Swanson.

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Important not to read too much into Garoppolo this early, but he should start to build some momentum. Looking forward to seeing how he moves the offense in the preseason.

Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, and Patrick Chung all took turns as the starting strong safeties in team drills.

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The job certainly won’t be handed to Duron Harmon and in recent days I’ve been wondering more and more if maybe Tavon Wilson bounces back and shows some fight this year.

Rookie CB Daxton Swanson had a stellar mini-camp, and he carried it over with a fine performance on Friday. He notched a pass break-up on a throw from Brady to LaFell, and made a difficult interception on an errant pass by Garoppolo. Swanson is a dark horse candidate for the roster.
Friday Tweets of Note from Patriots Training Camp

Looks like we have our first injury of the preseason as Greg Orton went down and was carted off. As I flipped on Sportscenter this morning (a somewhat rare occurance) I immediately noticed a player down and being tended to by the training staff. It was a tense few moments until someone said it was Orton. Nothing against him, just grateful it wasn’t someone at the higher end of the depth chart. Hope he’s okay.

Here are some tweets that stood out to me today…

Been saying that Connolly has an advantage over Wendell in that he’s versatile. Wendell’s only a center and it could cost him a job.

Swanson’s going to be one to keep an eye on this preseason

Memmmmories…. How long ago does it seem when the Patriots had one of the absolute dominant defenses of the NFL? I don’t know how this group is going to come together. Sure, on paper, it looks like it could be great, but we all know how quickly injuries can derail things. Hopefully it all comes together like we think it could.

Really wouldn’t be surprised to see James White lead the team in yardage a couple times this season. Vereen and Ridley have had their issues and if they pop up again I think we’ll see a heavy dose of White in a variety of roles.