FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Thursday was the second day of training camp for the New England Patriots.
Players again donned just helmets as they continued to prepare for the upcoming season. The earliest they’ll be able to practice in full pads is Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Quarterbacks Cam Newton and Mac Jones started off struggling in 11-on-11 drills, but Newton was able to recover and finish the day on a strong note.
As he and the team’s first-round draft pick battle for the starting role, head coach Bill Belichick revealed backup Jarrett Stidham will “miss a little time” due to an undisclosed injury.
As a result, the team claimed QB Jake Dolegala off waivers. After two stints with the Patriots’ practice squad in 2020, the now 24-year-old signed with Green Bay in June but was released earlier this week.
Returning LB Kyle Van Noy took the field but was wearing a red no-contact jersey.
One of his predecessors, three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi, paid a visit to Gillette Stadium and was seen chatting with Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and Matt Patricia, who’s returned to the team in an advisory role.
Belichick offered high praise for third-year running back Damien Harris.
“Damien was a player who really improved a lot from year 1 to year 2, and now this year is in a little bit different role where he has an opportunity to compete for the lead spot,” he said.
In the above video, 12 Sports Director Morey Hershgordon joins Rosie Langello from Foxboro to recap day 2 of training camp.