. 1 The Patriots had three training camp sessions and it was, to say the least, a strange beginning. Tom Brady had a maintenance day on day 2 (Friday) when he was out in the field but was not wearing a uniform and did not attend. Then, Saturday, day 3, the first day in pads, Bill Belichick ended the session after about an hour and 15 minutes. Brady rarely has a day off during the training camp and if it has never been so early. And then Belichick's sessions usually last at least two hours, so it was very confusing when they ended around half-time on Saturday. What could be the reason? There is nothing specific, but there are certainly some possibilities. For one, Belichick was able to see how far the team has progressed in the playoffs in recent years, including reaching the Super Bowl for three consecutive years, and realizing that this is a lot of football, and perhaps realizing that the team caught up could be. Now the time would have come to give them a little break. Another thought is that during the first and second weeks of the preseason, the team will complete successive joint exercises. At that moment, the team will do their utmost to know what to do. Come on. Nothing is really sure, but what is certain is that this was an unusual start to the summer.
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2. The biggest success of Nick Caserio's Saturday morning press conference is that, more than ever, he has a legitimate chance to leave the Patriots and travel to Houston next season to become their General Manager as soon as his contract ends has expired. Although he said the right things and sounded a lot like Belichick, this was his chance to end speculation and he was not exactly doing that. Each time he was specifically asked about the drama with the Texans in this postseason and his future, he stepped aside and spoke in general. It is not bad that Caserio wants to advance his career, but it seems that, given the lack of clarity, this has the potential to be an act for a good part of the year.
. 3 As the days pass when Isaiah Wynn is not fully engaged in training, he is less likely to be ready to begin the first week against the Steelers. While some veterans do not need much time to prepare for the game, Wynn is not one of them. The first round last year missed most of the preseason and the entire regular ground with an Achilles injury. He has no NFL experience and needs as much time in training camps and preseason games as he can to prepare for the challenge of protecting Brady's blindside in the left tackle. No wonder Joe Thuney starts the year with left winger, while Wynn slowly backs up.
. 4 The position of the wide-angle receiver is really wide open and probably depends on who performs the best in the weeks ahead and who Brady trusts most. In three sessions, the players looked best, namely Maurice Harris and undrafted rookies Ryan Davis and Jakobi Meyers. On the other hand, Braxton Berrios did not do much to attract attention. Harris seems to have a very good chance of forming the team, and then we would not be surprised to see an unretracted freshman put the team on the line.
. 5 Danny Etling's move to the wide-angle receiver is one of the main arguments in the training camp, especially how much work he puts into the training camp. Stay for over an hour after training for additional repetitions. However, we see no real chance for him to create the 53-man squad. His best shot is staying in the training team and using his ability to play multiple positions to his advantage. A nice story, but it's really hard to see that it pays off.
. 6 While no player can replace Rob Gronkowski, Matt LaCosse is a sleeper to keep an eye on. Since Benjamin Watson has blocked the first four games, we almost see LaCosse as a barrier to form the squad. Gronkowski finished last season with 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns, and would it really surprise anyone if LaCosse achieved or surpassed that? The veteran had a good start to the camp and might surprise some in the regular season.
. 7 The Patriots will have a fully upholstered meeting on Sunday morning, and we would expect this to be the most intense summer ever. Then, on Monday, following Rodney Harrion's ceremony at the Patriots Hall of Fame, this will be the annual practice at Foxboro's subscribers and residents' stadium. This is usually a lighter session and leads to the first day of rest on Tuesdays. [1