FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Fans are getting their first look at the 2022 New England Patriots.
Hundreds of people came to watch as the team held its first open practice Wednesday morning.
The Patriots’ training camp is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, outdoor practices will be held through Saturday, then every day next week.
Second-year QB Mac Jones was the first player to take the field and the energy from the team was high right from the get-go.
There were no surprise absences, though rookie RB Pierre Strong was limited at practice.
Matt Patricia, returning after a stint as the Detroit Lions’ head coach, was seen working with Jones and the first-team offense. At one point, Jones threw a touchdown pass to DeVante Parker during a 7-on-7 drill, firing up the recently acquired wide receiver and all the fans in attendance.
The players were not in full pads due to the NFL’s “ramp-up period.”
Speaking to reporters before practice, head coach Bill Belichick said this week is an extension of the work they put in during OTAs, noting that Wednesday they’re focusing on the red zone.
Belichick was very active with the wide receiver corps, showing them fundamentals and techniques for running specific routes.
The Patriots will host the New York Giants on Aug. 11 and the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 19 for their first two preseason games, then travel to Las Vegas for the third and final game on Aug. 26.
They’ll kick off the regular season against the Dolphins in Miami on Sept. 11.
The Patriots are coming off a 10-7 season and blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round.