Patriots Hold In-Stadium Practice With a Different Twist

The Patriots held their annual training session at the stadium with a slightly different approach than in previous years for season ticket members and Foxborough residents at Gillette Stadium on Friday night.

Typically, the stadium session is a non-padded exercise where the team conducts a walkthrough. However, on Friday night, veterans Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer led Team Blue against rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe and Team White in a simulated game in full pads.

While the scrimmage looked and feels like a real game, the pace was about three-quarters of the speed save for a few instances where the competitive juices were flowing.

The highlight of the evening came late in the “second half” when wide receiver DeVante Parker broke behind cornerback Joejuan Williams’ cover for a roughly 60-yard touchdown from quarterback Brian Hoyer. Parker’s long touchdown hold in the scrimmage capped off a strong first impression for the veteran newcomer this summer.

After practice, running back Damien Harris discussed the goals set by head coach Bill Belichick for an evening as lively as any stadium practice in recent memory.

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