Patriots training camp observations, Day 14: Injuries starting to pile up for wide receivers

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2019 - 1:36 pm
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NASHVILLE -- The Patriots held the first of two joint practices with the Titans prior to Saturday's second preseason game. It was a very hot morning for the session that lasted just over two hours.

The two teams did a lot of work against each other both in the individual and team periods. It was very competitive at times.

Absent: Jamie Collins, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson

Present, but not participating: Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Cameron Meredith, Yodney Cajuste, N'Keal Harry

Red non-contact jersey: Patrick Chung

Returned: None

Here are a few quick observations from the session.

-- Injuries are piling up at the wide receiver position. While Harry was on the field at the start, he didn't do much at all and appeared to have some trouble just walking. The rookie left the field after stretching and returned not in pads. During the session, in 11-on-11 drills Phillip Dorsett appeared to land hard on his left side and then left the field with head trainer Jim Whalen. Dorsett returned, but rode a stationary bike off to the side. Then, Maurice Harris appeared to get banged up as well later on, Although he stayed on the field, he didn't participate again in the practice.

-- Tight end Lance Kendricks removed his red non-contact jersey and participated in full in all the drills.

-- It appeared the heat got to the Patriots at times as the Titans were in much better condition.

-- The Patriots defense did very well against the Titans offense. JC Jackson had two interceptions and also a pass breakup. After one interception he gave Bill Belichick a high-five. Other players to have pass breakups included Keion Crossen, Ken Webster and Jason McCourty.

-- With all the injuries at wide receiver, every single wide out got first team reps and saw passes from Tom Brady. The 42-year-old was pretty impressive throughout the entire session and a theme was him jawing back and forth with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.

-- Isaiah Wynn may have taken a little bit of a step back. After rotating with Dan Skipper back in Foxboro, he only did the first rep in all team periods and then was relieved by Skipper. He did not do any 1-on-1s and was limited in 4-on-4s. Afterwards, he did acknowledge he's 100 percent and could play in a game.

-- Brian Hoyer had a terrific long touchdown throw to James White when the running back was lined up on the outside. That got Brady's attention as he was very fired up on the sidelines and give the thumbs up to the offense.

-- Jarrett Stidham didn't have his best of practices, as while his numbers were decent, he continues to hold the ball for a long time, which would not fly in games.

-- In the last session of 11-on-11 work it was all screen plays for the Patriots offense and every running back saw action except rookie Damien Harris.

-- Overall, Harris did not see many reps at all after not playing last week against the Lions. It appears he may be dealing with a right wrist injury, as when he holds and throws the ball it is with his left hand.

-- Skipper wasn't all that bad. He's shown improvement over the last week or so.

-- Ryan Allen got the first rep when the team did punt work.

-- Duron Harmon continued to work with the second team, while Terrence Brooks got a good amount of time with the 1's.

-- Scott Pioli was on hand and spent a long time chatting with Belichick and Vrabel afterwards.

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