Regrouping after one week of Patriots training camp

We’re one week into training camp for the New England Patriots, and just one week away from their first preseason game, so it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned so far about this edition of the Pats.

It’s hard not to be excited, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where the Pats are as healthy as we could’ve hoped headed into camp. Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, all coming off major injuries, appear to be on track for the start of the season.

On the back end, the secondary has been as expected with Revis and Browner leading the way. Browner’s attitude and Revis’ high level of play have already seemed to bring a new swagger to the Pats defense that has been missing for a long time.

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Current Patriots depth chart. 

Still need some clarity on where the LBs are playing as well as some of the DBs. But generally this how things are shaping up so far.


  • Red: PUP or long-term injury (Gaffney)
  • Italics: Current injury issues
  • Yellow Box: Rookie
Patriots Camp Report from Cody Lachance

Mike D. note - Thanks to Cody Lachance (@HailtotheHoodie) for this report from training camp.

Saturday and Sunday marked the first time that the Patriots got to put their pads on and make some noise. I was fortunate enough to attend Saturday and Sunday’s practice sessions and I had many takeaways from the practice sessions. Today’s edition will focus on the defensive side of the ball.

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Tuesday Patriots Practice Tweets of Note

The pads are back on after the team was off from practice yesterday and it sounds like the intensity is starting to pick up. Edelman is having a strong camp, clearly picking up where he left off last year. Nice to see Brandon LaFell make a nice play today after getting off to a slow start last week.

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

Tweets of Note from Thursday’s Patriots Training Camp Opener

And we’re off! It’s an exciting time of year as the Pats are back at it in Foxboro and all is right with the world. 

PatsPropaganda Training Camp Previews

Over the last two weeks I banged out extensive previews of each position on the Pats’ roster. You can get caught up on all of them here:


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Line

Tight Ends

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Ends




Patriots Training Camp Preview: Safety

The New England Patriots finally found an answer at safety in 2013 in Devin McCourty, after years of instability and inconsistency at the position. McCourty became just the third player to be named an All Pro at two different positions.

But with the release of Steve Gregory, McCourty will have a new starter next to him in 2014, with second-year player Duron Harmon the favorite to land the role.

But how do the rest of the safeties match up should injuries strike? Here’s our final training camp positional preview with the safeties.

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Patriots Training Camp Preview: Cornerback

No other position got the makeover that cornerback did for the New England Patriots this offseason. Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner headlines the 2014 free agent class and instantly give the Pats their best secondary since the dynasty years.

But how will the trickle down effect play out for talented young corners like Logan Ryan and Alfonzo Dennard? And where does Kyle Arrington fit in?

Our training camp preview series continues with a look at a reloaded cornerback group.

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