FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots are nearly done with training camp and it appears that the team is taking a step in the right direction. On Monday, the Patriots saw several injured players return to the practice field. The team also saw several players who had been limited take increase reps.
The biggest news was that Isaiah Wynn looks like he's taken a huge step in the right direction. The second-year player took part in contact drills for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles last summer. Wynn rotated with Dan Skipper at left tackle with the starting offense. He also took part in 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 contact drills. Wynn could be on his way to starting in Week 1 if he continues to progress.
Back in action
The Patriots also had defensive back/special teamer Nate Ebner and rookie cornerback Ken Webster come off the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time this offseason. Tight end Lance Kendricks returned to practice after missing last week with an undisclosed injury. He was wearing a red non-contact jersey. Rex Burkhead also returned and participated. The running back had been limited for weeks with an undisclosed injury.
Of course, not everyone was present and accounted for on Monday. Rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry, tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive back D'Angelo Ross were absent. Receivers Julian Edelman, Cameron Meredith and Demaryius Thomas and offensive lineman Yodny Casjute are all still out as well.
Defense looks strong
On Tuesday, in what could be their last full-contact training camp practice session at Gillette, the Patriots' defense stood tall, even if Tom Brady finished strong. The Pats defense had seven interception and 11 more pass deflections. The group looked dominant at times.
JoeJuan Williams had one of his strongest practices, finishing with two interceptions and two pass deflections. Stephon Gilmore also had two interceptions. Jamie Collins, Patrick Chung and J.C. Jackson had interceptions as well.
Brady was intercepted twice in 7-on-7 drills, where he went 2-for-4. In full-team drills, however, he was on, completing 15 of 19 passes. Brian Hoyer had a rough day going 6-for-16 with an interception in 11-on-11s. Jarrett Stidham went 6-for-12 with two interceptions in full-team drills. Both of Stidham's interceptions were on targets to Danny Etling, who looked severely overmatched against Williams and Gilmore, where the passes bounced off his hands.
Harris, Meyers looking good
Receivers Maurice Harris and Jakobi Meyers continued to have strong camps. Harris made a highlight-reel catch on a Brady deep ball over Gilmore. Meyers had a nice back shoulder grab later in practice. Receiver Dontrelle Inman has started to move up the depth chart and had more opportunities with Brady on Monday. ...
Things did get a bit testy on Monday. During a blocking drill, Michael Bennett took offense to a Dan Skipper hold. When the whistle blew, Bennett took a swing and hit Skipper in the helmet. The offensive lineman responded by giving Bennett a double bird salute. ...
The Patriots hold their final training camp practice at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, likely a walkthrough before the team flies to Nashville in advance of Saturday's 7 p.m. preseason game against the Titans.