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Patriots announce dates and times for 2019 training camp

Patriots announce dates and times for 2019 training camp

New England Patriots fans will soon get a first glimpse at the defending Super Bowl champions in Foxboro.

The Patriots announced on Monday afternoon that they will begin training camp on Thursday, July 25. The practice sessions are free and open to the public. The Pats are scheduled to practice every day between the 25th and July 27th, each day beginning at approximately 9:15 a.m., with doors opening at 8:00 a.m.

Later on in training camp, New England will reportedly participate in joint sessions with both the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. Respective head coaches Matt Patricia and Mike Vrabel both have ties to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. 

All rookies must report to camp by July 21, while veterans report on July 24, and fans will get a chance to see how 42-year-old Tom Brady looks the next day. The NFL's preseason starts on August 8, and the regular season kicks off on September 5 with a Thursday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The Patriots open their 2019 season with a Sunday night game at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 8. 

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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