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Gimme s'more: New additions to keep an eye on

Gimme s'more: New additions to keep an eye on

Second in our series looking ahead to the opening of Patriots training camp July 26.

Patriots reporters had access to a handful of the team's spring workouts, but for fans, training camp represents the first opportunity to see the latest iteration of their team in person. And given the number of roster alterations made this offseason, there will be plenty for them to take in. 

Let's start with the first-round rookies. Isaiah Wynn and where he ends up on the offensive line will be worth a look. How Sony Michel's speed and pass-catching ability factors into the Patriots offense will be fascinating as well. 

Fellow first-year players Duke Dawson (will he compete as the "star" in the slot for Bill Belichick), Braxton Berrios (might there be an opening for him with Julian Edelman suspended), Ja'Whaun Bentley (could he help patrol the middle of the defense), JC Jackson and Keion Crossen (athletic corners who impressed in the spring) will garner interest as well. 

Then there are the veteran additions. Danny Shelton's arrival could prompt the Patriots and Brian Flores to lean on more 3-4 looks. Adrian Clayborn may provide the defense with a pass-rushing boost, particularly on third downs off the right side. Jeremy Hill looks like he'll compete with Mike Gillislee for "big back" duties. Cordarrelle Patterson might be able to take advantage of the new kickoff rules to make an impact as a return man. 

The newcomer who may generate the most interest? Jordan Matthews. His experience in the slot could make him a featured piece in the Patriots offense with Edelman out at the start of the season. 

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Patriots training camp schedule 2019: New practice dates added at Gillette Stadium

Patriots training camp schedule 2019: New practice dates added at Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots added new dates for their 2019 training camp practices at Gillette Stadium next week.

Here's a look at the full camp schedule for the defending Super Bowl champions. The new dates announced Friday are July 28, July 31 and Aug. 1.

Thursday, July 25
Gates open at 8 a.m. ET
Practice begins at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Friday, July 26
Gates open at 8 a.m. ET
Practice begins at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Saturday, July 27
Gates open at 8 a.m. ET
Practice begins at approximately 9:15 a.m.

July 28
Time TBA

July 29
Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

July 30
No practice

July 31
Time TBA

August 1
Time TBA

All training camp practices are free and open to the public. 

The Patriots begin their preseason schedule Aug. 8 against the Detroit Lions. New England's regular season opener is Sept. 8 at home versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats will unveil their new Super Bowl LIII banner before playing the Steelers in Week 1.

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