Patriots Hold In-Stadium Practice With a Different Twist

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

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

Although the scrimmage had the look and feel of a real game, the tempo was roughly three-quarters speed beside a few instances where the competitive juices were flowing.

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

After practice, running back Damien Harris discussed the objectives laid out by head coach Bill Belichick for a night that was as lively as any in-stadium practice in recent memory.

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