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Postcard from Patriots Training Camp: Isaiah Wynn takes a step in the right direction on Day 8

Postcard from Patriots Training Camp: Isaiah Wynn takes a step in the right direction on Day 8

FOXBORO — The Patriots were back in shells and shorts on Friday after a couple of competitive practices in full pads on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s what we saw…

ROLL CALL

No significant changes here. Julian Edelman and Yodny Cajuste (NFL) as well as Demaryius Thomas, Nate Ebner and Ken Webster (PUP) remained out. Lance Kendricks, who left Wednesday’s practice early, was also out.

QUARTERBACK PERFORMANCES

In 7-on-7 work, none of which was very competitive, Tom Brady went 6-for-8. That included two completions to Sony Michel, who saw more work as a receiver on Friday. In 11-on-11 work, Brady went 6-for-12. The defense ratcheted up the intensity late in a hurry-up period and Brady went 3-for-7, with two of his completions going to Jakobi Meyers. 

Brian Hoyer went 4-for-6 in 7-on-7 work but one of his incompletions was due to a Dontrelle Inman drop. Hoyer only got four attempts in 11-on-11 work and went 0-for-4. Two of his passes were batted away by safety Terrence Brooks. One was broken up by J.C. Jackson. (Jackson also broke up a Hoyer pass to Phillip Dorsett in 7-on-7.)

Jarrett Stidham got a little extra work today — perhaps with joint practices, and potentially fewer chances for the rookie, facing the Lions next week — and went 2-for-2 in 7-on-7 work. In 11-on-11, he went 6-for-9 with a nice fade completed to Braxton Berrios, who had to dive in the corner of the end zone to reel it in.

OBSERVATIONS OF NOTE

Perhaps the most important note of the day was that Isaiah Wynn saw an increased workload. Again, no pads Friday. But to see Wynn working across from a defensive lineman — not someone holding a blocking pad — and absorbing some contact is something we haven’t seen this summer. He made another step in his progression, which is a good sign for a team that still has plenty of questions at left tackle. Wynn took second-team reps with Dan Skipper continuing to get the first-team work. 

Sony Michel saw more work as a receiver on Friday than we’d seen all throughout camp. Would the Patriots saddle him with more of a pass-catcher’s workload in Year 2? He was essentially a non-factor in the passing game as a rookie after a few attempts to him early in the season yielded little. If he can catch the football consistently — he had 64 catches in four seasons at the University of Georgia — he’d provide the Patriots offense with a measure of unpredictability that really only Rex Burkhead provides at the moment from the running back spot. 

Patrick Chung continues to wear a red non-contact jersey, but he was among those returning punts in practice Friday. Berries, Gunner Olszewski and Maurice Harris also took punt-return reps. Late in practice, after the team ran The Hills, Berrios took a few more reps and muffed a couple. 

Rough day for the two punters on the roster. The special-teams periods were short, but they focused on the punt game and there was one stretch of four punts — between both Jake Bailey and Ryan Allen — where three were certifiable ducks. Makes it hard to run an efficient drill that way. Special teams coach Joe Judge appeared none too pleased after the drill and spoke to both punters before moving onto the next practice period.

Obi Melifonwu continues to stand out through eight days of camp. He’s made plays on the football when he’s had the opportunity, making a nice interception on Hoyer early in camp. He scooped up a James White fumble the next day. This week, he was on the field in a goal-line period and helped stuff a run. On Friday he got some reps with other starters. His size and athleticism are rare, and he appears to be stacking solid days. That’s resulted in the coaching staff giving him a few more reps, seemingly. 

In a lighter moment that had the crowd in attendance chuckling, Brady lobbed a Hail Mary into the end zone late in practice. Because players were conscious of not getting their legs tangled with someone else’s on a light-intensity day, no one really jumped for the pass. Jamie Collins ended up catching it. He then very nicely handed it to Maurice Harris.

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NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

Get ready for another wild NFL offseason of trade rumors surrounding elite wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns star has been telling opposing coaches and players to “come get me,” per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. Watch Glazer’s report from Sunday’s pregame show in the tweet below:

The Patriots reportedly were interested in trading for Beckham before the New York Giants dealt him to Cleveland in March.

New England has battled through a lack of both depth and top-tier talent at wide receiver this season. The Patriots also have lacked a deep threat at the position in 2019. Therefore, making another run at Beckham would be a smart move for the Patriots. Beckham has been very complimentary of the Patriots over the last few years, and he even gave quarterback Tom Brady GOAT cleats after New England’s Week 8 win over Cleveland.

The Browns have performed well below expectations this season. Instead of fighting for a playoff spot or even winning the AFC North division, Cleveland enters Week 14 with a disappointing 5-7 record and likely another cold winter without postseason football.

Beckham’s stats haven’t been great in his first season with the Browns, but a lot of that is on the coaching staff and quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham has not been featured enough in the passing attack. The 27-year-old wide receiver has tallied 57 receptions for 805 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games.

Beckham is signed through the 2023 season with a salary cap hit of about $15 million.

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Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting ready for their biggest game of the season against the New England Patriots.

And while they prepare, they are dealing with a rather unconventional and comical problem.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs accidentally left an equipment container behind after their Saturday flight into town. The equipment, which includes some footballs, shoulder pads, and helmet, ended up in Newark, New Jersey.

Now, the Chiefs are scrambling to get their equipment back before the start of the team's 4:25 p.m. game against the Patriots. Per Schefter, it will arrive about an hour before the contest. But if it doesn't, the team would reportedly have to forfeit.

The Chiefs' left-behind equipment is expected to arrive between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET, in time for Sunday's kickoff. If the Chiefs didn't have the equipment by the time the game started they would have to forfeit, per a source.

We'll certainly keep an eye on this development as the day continues. For now, it shouldn't impact the game -- save for some players having to get into uniform a bit later than usual -- but it certainly is a humorous note ahead of the Patriots-Chiefs game.

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