6 winners and 1 loser of the Patriots' sixth training camp

6 winners and 1 loser of the Patriots’ sixth training camp

The New England Patriots held their sixth practice of this year’s training camp on Tuesday, returning to the grounds behind Gillette Stadium for another full-pad affair. Much like Monday’s session, this one saw a lot of individual competition and focused on running play.

Let’s see who stood out from our point of view, for better or for worse.

Winner: DT Christian Barmore. Another day, another show put on by the Patriots’ second-year defensive lineman. Barmore was unblockable at times, beating guard Michael Onwenu 1-on-1 and completely blasting rookie center Kody Russey. He also stood out during 11-on-11, stuffing a running play at one point and also recording a sack. Barmore has been the Patriots’ best defenseman since the pads arrived.

Winner: DT LaBryan Ray. Christian Barmore isn’t the only Alabama product to impress on Tuesday. Undrafted rookie free agent LaBryan Ray has also had good practice and continues to push under the radar for a spot on the roster. He looked good against backup offensive tackle Yodny Cadjus 1-on-1 and was active as a running defender in team drills. New England is deep along the interior D line, but Ray certainly holds his own in the competition.

Winner: OT Trent Brown. New England’s towering left tackle has been an almost impenetrable fortress in 1-on-1 action this week. On Tuesday, he completely blocked Josh Uche and Matthew Judon, while also being able to knock Henry Anderson to the ground. His reps with Uche in particular were fun to watch as a classic height versus speed matchup. Lineman O won the first of two heads-ups when he got his hands on the defender; the second went to…

Winner: LB Josh Uche. The Josh Uche hype train is back on track. The third-year outside linebacker couldn’t get past Trent Brown in one of their fights, but then he did something no other defenseman could do this week: beat him. Uche did so by quickly changing direction mid-stroke and thus outmaneuvering Brown. He later also used a spinning motion to gain a rep against Isaiah Wynn.

Winner: LB Ronnie Perkins. Ronnie Perkins may have had his best practice since joining the Patriots as a third-round pick last year. The sophomore linebacker impressed in both 1-on-1 and full team work, recording a potential sack against backup QB Bailey Zappe and some running stuff. His only flaw was a 1-on-1 false start, but other than that he had a good day.

Winner: WR Tyquan Thornton. Second-round rookie Tyquan Thornton came in to play this week, proving to be a reliable target in the passing game. On Tuesday, he was the only wide receiver to beat starting cornerback Jalen Mills 1-for-1 – and he did it in spectacular fashion: Thornton made an over-the-shoulder grab on the right sideline that led Mills to applaud him afterward. . The arrow is definitely pointing in the right direction.

Loser: OT Isaiah Wynn. While left tackle Trent Brown was able to go 1-1 against Josh Uche, right tackle Isaiah Wynn lost both of his matchups to the fast linebacker. The first of those reps ended with the former first-round pick on the floor after he was unable to counter a spinning move. Wynn wasn’t too bad on Tuesday, but his 1-on-1 performance came a day after he had to run a penalty lap for a false start in 11-on-11. The mistakes are starting to pile up.

Other Patriots also deserve special mention for their performance on Tuesday. Nelson Agholor pulled off an impressive hold against Joejuan Williams, while James Ferentz and Justin Herron looked good in their one-on-one rehearsals. At the other end of the spectrum was offensive execution, particularly using zone concepts, which allowed the defense to disrupt multiple plays.

New England will return to the training grounds on Wednesday for a session at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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