FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Football season is officially back in Foxboro. The New England Patriots completed the first day of their 2019 Training Camp Thursday.
Tom Brady arrived to a standing ovation when he took the field to begin his 20th season in the NFL. He was a full participant in drills with the quarterbacks including 2018 backup Brian Hoyer and 2019 draft pick Jarrett Stidham.
Last year’s practice squad quarterback Danny Etling worked out with the wide receiver group. If he wants any chance to make the team, it’ll have to be with the receivers and or with the special teams unit.
Julian Edelman was also present Thursday despite a broken thumb that will sideline him for a few weeks.
The defending Super Bowl champions will unveil their latest Super Bowl banner in September but are now turning the page to the 2019 season. This will be their first year without legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite weapons who retired in March.
Training camp practices are free and open to the public as well as a variety of family-friendly events offered at Gillette Stadium.
Many fans lined up hours before the gates were set to open at 8 a.m. fighting to get the best seats in the house.
New England Nation will have wall-to-wall coverage on all platforms throughout training camp and the 2019 season both on-air and online at WPRI.com.
“Growing up a huge Patriots fan from my dad. He knows about them, seen every single game, hasn’t missed one. Got to keep the tradition, come every year,” said one young fan. “Learned the first year, got to be here early if you want to get a good seat.”
The stadium is reminding attendees of the NFL’s clear bag policy. Fans will also want to check the list of prohibited items before arriving.
Anyone planning on attending training camp will enter through a metal detector near the Dana Farber House on the southern end of Patriot Place.