Patriots training camp 2022: Physicality soars as pads emerge, Tyquan Thornton impresses on Day 5 – CBS Sports | Hot Mobile Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Real football is finally here. After a week of training in shirts and shells, the pads began week two of Patriots training camp on Monday. Of course, these more physical workouts give us a better view of how the 2022 roster is shaping up, as they more closely resemble what players will experience in preseason and eventually during the regular season.

Below are all the highlights from Day 5 of Pats Camp:

First fully padded exercise

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As we noted above, Monday’s physicality increased as the pads landed. This became evident during the 1v1 pass rushing practice, Trent Brown had one of the standout plays for the offensive line as he held his ground against Josh Uche and took him down with a rep. On the defensive end, second-year lineman Christian Barmore made his mark against 2022 first-round pick Cole Strange as he made him move backwards throughout the session as well.

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Second-round pick Tyquan Thornton had a few moments on Monday that showed the rookie could keep up. During 1-on-1 practice with wide receivers taking on a defender, Thornton was able to drape a deep Mac Jones shot over him in the end zone with corner Joejuan Williams. Thornton was initially knocked off his route but was able to recover and tumble down the sideline to make the jumping catch just before falling out of bounds.

It’s worth noting that Thornton trained with the first-team offense and received a decent number of reps throughout the session.

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One of Monday’s better back-and-forth bouts was between corner Malcolm Butler and DeVante Parker. The two were immediately competitive in 1v1 drills. Parker was able to pass Butler for a 40-yard catch from Bailey Zappe. Then, during 11-on-11s, Mac Jones moved up in the pocket to avoid pressure and uncorked a 50-yard pass to Parker, who would hit Butler and score the touchdown.

While the Jones-Parker combo might have beaten Butler that game, the veteran corner responded well. Later during team practice, he had a stoppage in the end zone against Parker and added another to his tally while covering rookie Tyquan Thornton.

How the QBs fared

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It was another day of ups and downs for the quarterbacks. As has been the case throughout camp so far, both Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe have been efficient in 7v7 games but have struggled to maintain that consistency when things pick up in 11v11 games. In the first game of the day in 11v11, Isaiah Wynn made a false start. In the very next snap from that penalty, Jones dropped back to pass and aimed at Tyquan Thornton, but the ball was picked up by Terrance Mitchell’s corner.

This was more of a run-heavy day for the offense, but Jones finished 5 of 8 in 11 on 11 and 5 of 6 in 7 on 7. Meanwhile, Zappe was 5 of 9 in 11 on 11 and 5 of 6 at 7 on 7. Zappe’s highlight of the day was a touchdown against tight end Devin Asiasi as he crawled around in the pocket during 7-on-7s.

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Shortly before the start of training, a report from ESPN It emerged that punter Jake Bailey had reached an agreement with the Patriots on a four-year deal that runs through the 2025 season. The $13.5 million contract also included a $6.5 million guarantee, making Bailey one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

“I’m just so lucky, blessed to have a few more years here,” Bailey said after practice.

“I just got off the phone with my agent and it was like, ‘Okay, that’s it. We’re fine with that,'” he continued when asked how it was to find out the deal was done. “It wasn’t a crazy big moment, but it’s a huge milestone in my life and I’m just grateful that God put me in this position.

Bailey was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

“Anytime there’s uncertainty it’s something in the back of your mind but in our position you just have to be able to split up and go out on the field and execute. If you can’t do whatever distracts you, you won’t play very long.”

The 25-year-old had a hefty salary cap of $4.05 million for the year but this new contract allegedly reduces its hit cap by approximately $1.85 million.


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A handful of players returned at Monday’s first padded practice session. The runners-up in particular got a boost as cornerbacks Myles Bryant and Jonathan Jones along with safety Jabrill Peppers all returned from the PUP/NFI roster.

Meanwhile, quarterback Brian Hoyer (undisclosed) missed his third straight practice session, and passrusher Deatrich Wise also didn’t attend. Running back James White (PUP listed) was also paused along with guards Chasen Hines (NFI listed) and Andrew Stueber (NFI listed).

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