Everything you need to know to get ready for Patriots training camp

Scott McLaughlin
July 22, 2019 - 3:19 pm

The Super Bowl champs return to the field this week, as Patriots training camp begins on Thursday. Whether you'll be heading down to Foxboro for one of the practices or just following along, here's a primer to get you ready.

What is the Patriots' schedule for training camp?

Practices begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, with gates opening at 8 a.m. There will also be a practice Sunday at a time to be determined. Monday, July 29, will feature Rodney Harrison's Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by an in-stadium practice for season ticket holders at 7 p.m. The Patriots will then have Tuesday off before returning for practices Wednesday and Thursday at times to be determined.

Are practices open to the public?

Yes! All training camp practices are free and open to the public, except for Monday night's in-stadium practice, which is limited to season ticket holders. The Patriots Hall of Fame ceremony Monday afternoon is open to the public, however.

Where should I park?

Parking is also free for training camp. The Patriots recommend that fans arriving from the north enter at P6 and fans arriving from the south enter at P8. Click here for a detailed parking map.

How long do practices last?

Training camp practices generally last about two hours.

Do the Patriots have any notable injuries going into training camp?

Yes. News broke Monday that wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss approximately three weeks with a thumb injury. In addition, six other Patriots will reportedly begin training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, including running back Sony Michel.

What are the position battles to watch?

WEEI.com's Andy Hart has run through some of the battles to watch over the last couple weeks:
-Backup quarterback
-Running back
-Tight end
-Wide receiver
-Offensive line
-Defensive line

Any other good pre-camp reads?

Sure! WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable counted down the 15 most important Patriots for the 2019 season, and also took a look at why intensity and energy will be worth monitoring in the first few camp sessions. Andy Hart ranked the entire 90-man Patriots roster. And Hannable and Hart each offered up their first 53-man roster projections.

How can I follow along for the latest updates?

We'll have plenty of coverage on-air throughout the week and over the weekend, including Dale & Keefe (with Hart in for Keefe) broadcasting live from Foxboro on Thursday and Friday. Be sure to tune in on 93.7 FM or by listening live online or on the RADIO.COM app.

In addition, we'll have all kinds of news and analysis on WEEI.com, so be sure to bookmark our Patriots team page.

And last but certainly not least, you're going to want to check out the Off Day Podcast featuring Andy Hart and Ryan Hannable. They recorded their debut episode Tuesday night, which you can listen to here. You can follow the podcast on Twitter here and subscribe to it here.

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