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The Patriots will play their first preseason game on Friday in Philadelphia against the Eagles.
Shalise Manza Young covers the New England Patriots for the Boston Globe and she joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss how the Pats have looked in camp.
Bill Belichick had the players do something that Young had never seen him do before in training camp.
“On Saturday he had you’d call it a scrimmage it wasn’t full pads, but I’ve covered this team for seven years and I couldn’t remember. I talked to other reporters who have been around just in case I was forgetting something, but we’ve never seen him distinctly split the team the way he did and do a scrimmage.”
One of the many question marks with this Patriots team is how will Danny Amendola do? How is the relationship with Tom Brady going? Is Amendola running the same kind of routes that Wes Welker would be running?
“The Patriots offense, it is what it is. It hasn’t changed a ton over the last decade plus since Tom Brady’s been quarterback. He’s running a lot of the same routes, I think their relationship is really good.”
What other wide receiver has impressed her so far in camp?
“I think Kamar Aiken and Kenbrell Thompkins have both had their moments. Aiken I think is really smart because we’ve even heard Michael Jenkins pointed to Kamar as somebody who helped him with the playbook and he’s only been here since last November.”
Another big question comes at the tight end position with Rob Gronkowski rehabbing and Aaron Hernandez in jail. Who looks good at the tight end position so far in camp?
“The guy that stood out so far is Zach Sudfeld. He is an undrafted rookie out of Nevada, he has good hands, we don’t know yet if he’s the type of baller as a blocker that Gronkowski is, but I think as a receiver he certainly is going to step in and fill a need at the receiver role that they have.”