Patriots-Packers joint practices Day 2: Mac Jones shines, Ezekiel Elliott ramps up, protection fights

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Over a day of stopping, brouhahas and post-play pushing and shoving, the Patriots delivered their hardest punch with a cross.

4 performs into his two-minute drill, Mac Jones was glorious Thursday in the direction of the Packers’ starting, snarling safety. He took a shotgun snap at midfield with higher than a minute to go, bounced throughout the pocket and glanced left. Go time.

Jones calmly uncorked a bomb down the sideline for DeVante Parker, who had pulled away from Inexperienced Bay cornerback Rasul Douglas. On Wednesday, Douglas had tortured Jones by nearing choosing him off twice in workers durations. Now, it was time for payback.

Parker cradled Jones’ cross in stride and contained within the 5-yard line, then crossed the aim line as a result of the Patriots’ sideline exploded. All the pieces else fell away. The fights, the ejections and any prior psychological errors or missteps. Jones had pushed a dagger into the center of Inexperienced Bay’s safety to cap the offense’s best observe of teaching camp.

This was a second. The Patriots observed it. They felt it.

Two drives later, Bailey Zappe beat the buzzer on his private two-minute drill, and the Pats’ sideline as soon as extra spilled out onto the sector in celebration. Jones and Zappe moreover combined to take eight “sacks” all through workers durations – an ongoing concern – nonetheless together with their much-maligned receiving corps, they’d moreover despatched a message. To not the Packers, nonetheless themselves: maybe we’re ready to try this in any case.

Elsewhere at observe, Ezekiel Elliott shocked alongside together with his participation, Invoice Belichick’s safety stood tall late in the direction of the Packers’ two-minute drill, harm scares hit on both aspect of the ball and a rookie receiver shredded Inexperienced Bay’s secondary.

Listed below are the Herald’s full observe observations.

Attendance

Left observe: WR Tyquan Thornton, DL Keion White

Returned: None

Absent: OT Conor McDermott, CB Jonathan Jones, TE Mike Gesicki, RB/WR Ty Montgomery, RB Pierre Robust, OL Cole Unusual, OL Kody Russey, LB Ronnie Perkins

Tyquan Thornton makes a one-handed catch all through New England Patriots teaching camp in Foxboro. (Workers Photograph/Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

Restricted: DL Carl Davis

PUP: OL Mike Onwenu, DL Trey Flowers, S Cody Davis

Non-Soccer Sickness: OT Calvin Anderson

Notes: Thornton left observe with medical personnel after laying out for a protracted catch all through preliminary 11-on-11s. He didn’t return, White laid on the sector for 20-30 seconds after one snap all through the Packers’ preliminary two-minute drill and purchased medical consideration. He remained on the sideline for the rest of observe.

McDermott’s absence was the one completely different change from Wednesday’s attendance. The veteran swing type out missed his first observe of the summer season. Jones has now been out for two full weeks. Onwenu as soon as extra appeared in avenue clothes, whereas all the completely different absentees had been nowhere to be seen. Backup offensive lineman Invoice Murray shed his pink, non-contact jersey and adjusted McDermott at correct type out in workers durations.

Play of the Day

Parker beats the Packers

Arguably the play of the summer season.

Participant of the Day

QB Mac Jones

Along with his final touchdown, Jones linked with Tyquan Thornton on one different bomb earlier in observe. He accomplished 13-of-17 normal, along with one drop, a red-zone touchdown to Kendrick Bourne and a 4-of-4 effectivity in his two-minute drill. One in all Jones’ best teaching camp practices as an expert.

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QB Nook

Notice: The passing stats underneath had been tallied all through aggressive 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 durations solely. The stats in parentheses signify the quarterbacks’ camp-long effectivity.

Mac Jones: 14/17 (141/205, 4 INTs)

Bailey Zappe: 18/28, 2 INTs (138/214, 6 INTs)

Hint McSorley: 5/5 (50/82, 4 INTs)

Studs

WR Demario Douglas

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The sixth-round rookie set a workers file in teaching camp by catching 9 passes in workers durations, along with two touchdowns from Bailey Zappe. Douglas solely caught one ball from Mac Jones, nonetheless the design of the play was additional telling: a show the place he was the one meant aim. The kid is already a made man.

S Kyle Dugger

Dugger snatched his fourth interception of teaching camp by leaping a Jordan Love cross meant for tight end Luke Musgrave in the long term zone.

RB Ezekiel Elliott

Two days earlier, Elliott arrived in Inexperienced Bay with new teammates and coaches and barely any info of the Patriots’ offensive playbook. On Thursday, he completely engaged in workers drills, taking six hand-offs and catching one show cross. That’s one heck of a day for anyone who merely spent 5 months as a free agent.

New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott runs a drill during practice Wednesday in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
New England Patriots working once more Ezekiel Elliott runs a drill all through observe Wednesday in Inexperienced Bay, Wis. (AP Photograph/Morry Gash)

Duds

OLB Anfernee Jennings

Jennings acquired ejected midway by means of observe for retaliating in the direction of Packers undrafted rookie Keshawn Banks, who threw a punch all through a punting interval. Jennings lined in any case 20 yards sooner than leveling Banks in the back of the highest and neck. Each players had been kicked out.

OL Invoice Murray

Like most Patriots O-linemen this summer season, Murray found himself in a attempting place Thursday. He carried out correct type out on the offensive line that labored with Bailey Zappe. It was new place for Murray, a correct guard and newly reworked defensive type out. He devoted two false begins in workers durations.

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Offensive notes

  • The best moments from Mac Jones’ best observe of the summer season had been his longest completions: Devante Parker’s touchdown and the bomb to Tyquan Thornton. The completely different necessary positives? The Pats decrease down their penalties, their sacks and Jones hardly shared the sector with their best receiver Thursday: Demario Douglas.
  • The 5-foot-8 rookie primarily repped alongside Thornton, fellow rookie Kayshon Boutte and Tre Nixon when Bailey Zappe carried out quarterback. Douglas gained contained within the pink zone, the open space, from the slot and perimeter.
  • However Douglas was hardly the one broad receiver to get collectively throughout the Packers’ secondary. Parker and Kendrick Bourne every beat Professional Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander for touchdowns in a red-zone drill.
  • Their combined efforts, plus improved security, allowed Jones and Zappe to combine for a 13-of-17 start in workers durations. Jones went 6-of-9, along with a drop, batted cross and one sack. Zappe was 7-of-8 with a sack and one drop.
  • Zappe took over the next interval and appeared in a position to assemble on his early momentum, nonetheless in its place peaked fast. He fired two tip-drill interceptions and took a pair sacks spherical a stupendous, deep touchdown to Tre Nixon.
  • Zappe has had a close to a dozen passes batted on the road over teaching camp, a typical drawback for quarterbacks of his stature.
  • Throughout this time, the Patriots concurrently started to incorporate Ezekiel Elliott into their backfield rotation. He served as a result of the No. 2 once more behind Rhamondre Stevenson.
  • Elliott’s six complete carries and one reception suggests a deeper understanding of the workers’s offense than most backs would have merely two days on the job. He moreover powered into the highest zone on one run play contained within the tight pink zone, and scored two touchdowns from this view.
  • Stevenson, within the meantime, ended the first half of observe with a streak of 4 straight goal-line carries. He scored twice and acquired stuffed on the road on his completely different hand-offs.
  • Stevenson’s battering ram impression capped Jones’ third interval, which included three sacks and a show to Elliott. Jones moreover layered a great seam throw to Hunter Henry – one among many quarterback’s favorites passes – and Henry caught the ball whereas drawing a flag for defensive holding.
  • The play-by-play of Jones’ two-minute drill was as follows: JuJu Smith-Schuster out-route completion, Stevenson run inside, Stevenson checkdown, Henry catch over the middle, sack and Parker’s touchdown.
  • Jones has sometimes started his 2-minute drills in teaching camp by looking out for Smith-Schuster, who in some other case had a fairly quiet day.
  • Talking of quiet performances, the backup tight ends – who’ve seen a great deal of run with Mike Gesicki out – did little with their alternate options. Anthony Firkser’s three catches far and away led that group.
  • Undrafted rookie Malik Cunningham caught one cross, and didn’t take any snaps at quarterback. He observed three complete in Inexperienced Bay.
  • Boutte, who caught the touchdown cross that ended a laborious two-minute drill for Zappe, secured two of 5 targets and had a drop.
  • Zappe’s two-minute drill lasted 13 performs, that features seven transient completions, three wild overthrows and a false start.

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