Impresses with leadership
As Jones approaches his second NFL season, the quarterback's increased leadership has caught the eye of his teammates, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
"It's just at another level now," receiver Kendrick Bourne noted of the leadership Jones has displayed this offseason. "He's more comfortable, more confident. He knows what's going on, and the muscle memory is there [from having gone through it] -- OTAs, then camp, and the season. He's just more locked in, more secure in his position." Jones, who Reiss indicates is a candidate to become a team captain in advance of Week 1, is also noticeably thinner these days due to a changed diet, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports. Meanwhile, the 2021 first-rounder hopes to add some muscle to to his 6-foot-3 frame in order to better withstand hits as well as improve his arm strength. This coming season, Jones, who turns 24 in September, will continue to helm an attack that figures to be fueled by the RB duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, but the Patriots' offseason trade for DeVante Parker and the drafting of speedy Tyquan Thornton does add to the team's solid array of passing targets. There's definitely room for Jones to make strides in Year 2, but his fantasy upside remains tied to New England's approach on offense now that long-time coordinator Josh McDaniels has moved on.
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Harris has logged work with the Patriots' second unit during training camp, Evan Lazar of the team's official site reports.
Strong, who had been limited in training camp by an undisclosed injury, practiced fully Thursday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Strong remains limited in training camp due to an undisclosed injury, Henry McKenna of USA Today reports.
The Patriots aren't putting a timeline on White's (hip) return to practice,, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Thornton, who has seen a portion of first-team reps in training camp, "looks like a player on the rise," according to Zack Cox of NESN.com.
Henry, who was limited some during last month's minicamp due to an undisclosed injury, has been participating in training camp, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.
Strong has been limited by an undisclosed injury early on in training camp, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.
Early on in training camp, Stevenson has been seeing added third-down reps, Henry McKenna of USA Today reports.
In Wednesday's training camp practice, Parker made a mark by scoring touchdowns on back-to-back plays during the Patriots' red-zone drills, Henry McKenna of USA Today reports.
Coach Bill Belichick noted Tuesday that he has observed "dramatic improvement" from Jones, who is approaching his second campaign as a pro, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "He did a great job last year, but he's starting from a much, much higher point this year from where he started last year," Belichick noted of the 2021 first-rounder.