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Patricia game plans for Brady albeit while constrained

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By Andrew Callahan acallahan

An unusual and uneven offseason will at last give way to football when the Patriots open their 19th training camp under Bill Belichick on the morning on July 26.

With 10 days now standing between New England and the start of its newest campaign Andrew Jelks Jersey, here are 10 Patriots thoughts before they strap the pads on next week.

Preseason offers excellent preparation Watson, Texans in opener
By all accounts, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is right on track to return from the torn ACL that prematurely ended his stellar rookie season.

So when Watson takes a field again for meaningful snaps, it should be the same turf he scorched upon breaking onto the NFL scene last September.

Watson shredded the Patriots in their Week 3 clash a year ago at Gillette Stadium, posting his first 300 yard passing performance, 41 rushing yards and two touchdowns. New England will host Watson and the Texans again in the season opener on Sept. 9, when the Pats figure to be far more prepared to handle the young phenom.

But forget the additional film now available on Watson or the fact New England was mired in the worst defensive crisis of the Belichick era last September, one unlikely to strike again both incredibly helpful developments in their own right . This fall, the Patriots will be fresh off a preseason where containing a mobile quarterback will have effectively been a weekly staple.

Alex Smith and the Redskins visit Week 1, followed by Carson Wentz if healthy and the Eagles in Week 2, and then New England travels to face at least half of Cam Newton at Carolina. Rush lane integrity will be critical and well rehearsed before the games mean something. And when they do, the Pats should be ready.

I ll dive into this more later on in the week, but public angst over the Patriots offensive line has become a bit overgrown. From this view, it stems primarily from two things the uncertainty surrounding this group and the lack of precedent for said uncertainty in the Belichick era.

But a lack of definition is not synonymous with an absence of options or talent. There s a young, ascending core here Shaq Mason, David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Isaiah Wynn and a stable of solid veterans around them. Overall, the arrow for this group is trending up. How high?

That s unclear. And that s OK.

Look, I am not here to say the third year cornerback has inspired any confidence in Foxboro to date. Only that the raw ability of a second round pick who can contribute on defense and special teams remains somewhere inside; potential that flashed during an improved 2017 preseason cut short by injury yes, after 2016 the only way Jones could go pointed upward .

Would I include him on a 53 man roster projection today? No.

But would I write him off entirely knowing that an unlikely contributor emerging in the Patriots secondary has become almost a training camp tradition? No, sir.

There s the visit from Bill O Brien and Watson in Week 1, an AFC title game rematch in Week 2, night clashes with the Colts and Chiefs, a Tom Brady Aaron Rodgers showdown and critical four game finish featuring three divisional games and a kickoff in Pittsburgh.

My favorite at this stage? New England s trip to see old friend Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions in Week 3.

How Patricia game plans for Brady albeit while constrained by the strengths and weaknesses of his so so personnel will be fascinating. Former Patriots defensive coordinators have schemed against Brady in the past with varying degrees of success. But none shared more time in New England with the quarterback than Patricia.

Will ensuing Patriot opponents copy elements of Patricia s plan? How will New England fare in its first primetime game? Sept. 23 should hold plenty of answers.
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