10 takeaways from Day 12 of Patriots coaching camp


The most recent on Mike Gesicki’s highlight-reel catch, Trent Brown’s return, and Hunter Henry’s ideas on Trey Flowers.

Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki made a catch during training camp on the Gillette Stadium practice field on Monday.
Patriots tight finish Mike Gesicki made a catch throughout coaching camp on the Gillette Stadium apply area on Monday. Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe

It appeared just like the downpour of rain that dropped onto the Gillette Stadium apply area Tuesday morning stopped simply in time for Invoice Belichick’s pre-practice availability.

The remainder of apply occurred throughout a picture-perfect New England summer season day. Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft was on the sidelines, watching apply and taking selfies with followers.

Mike Gesicki made a spectacular one-handed catch within the endzone. Trent Brown obtained some reps throughout scrimmages. Jack Jones made a pleasant play on a deep ball to Kendrick Bourne.

Listed below are 10 takeaways from the motion.

Play of the Day: Mike Gesicki’s one-handed catch

Mike Gesicki reeled in what might need been his greatest catch of the summer season, a one-handed seize at the back of the top zone with a pair of defenders in his neighborhood.

Patriots tight-end Hunter Henry mentioned he was impressed and appears ahead to watching the catch on movie later.

“I imply, it’s who he’s,” Henry mentioned of Gesicki. “It’s what he does. It’s what he’s completed on this league. That was a giant time play.”

Trent Brown will get some scrimmage time

Trent Brown is one step nearer to returning, as he participated in scrimmages for the primary time all coaching camp.

He advised reporters on Monday that he’s been coping with an undisclosed damage that has been inflicting his participation to be restricted.

Based mostly on Tuesday’s reps, it seems that Brown’s return might be gradual as he continues to ease himself again into motion.

Extra real looking apply with refs concerned

For the second day in a row, referees attended apply. Now that there are yard markers and refs, gamers can get a greater really feel for what will probably be like on gameday.

“They’ve been nice,” Henry mentioned. “Simply attempting to speak by means of issues and at all times attempting to be forward of issues on new guidelines and no matter it’s. It’s at all times good to have the refs, it sort of makes it really feel a bit extra actual.”

Count on to see the least skilled’ gamers on Thursday

One of many massive questions heading into Thursday’s preseason opener in opposition to the Texans is how a lot will Mac Jones play, if in any respect. Belichick wouldn’t decide to a particular variety of snaps when requested about his plan for the quarterbacks.

“Yeah, we’re nonetheless engaged on that,” Belichick mentioned. “However the gamers who’re least skilled will get essentially the most enjoying time. I can let you know that.”

Eyes on the 49ers?

The Texans have a brand new head coach with a brand new quarterback and presumably a brand new system. That may make scouting a problem.

Because the Patriots put together for Thursday, coach Invoice Belichick could find yourself having a look at tape of the San Fransisco 49ers, the final crew Texans coach Demeco Ryans hung out with.

“Yeah, I’m positive that’ll be related,” mentioned Belichick.

Trey Flowers gave Hunter Henry a welcome to the SEC second

The Patriots signed defensive finish Trey Flowers, who gained a pair of Tremendous Bowls with New England throughout his first stint with the crew.

Henry remembers what it was like enjoying in opposition to Flowers in faculty.

“He sort of launched me to SEC soccer truly. I used to be a receiver coming into Arkansas,” Henry mentioned. “I used to be a bit mild, in all probability, I by no means actually obtained put in a three-point stance till faculty. They threw me in on one-on-one drills with Trey Flowers and he embarrassed me fairly early in my profession, which humbled me and taught me rather a lot.”

A returner’s tackle how the brand new video board impacts wind patterns

The brand new north finish zone video board at Gillette Stadium was unveiled final week. It’s monumental. The Patriots say it’s the largest outside curved videoboard at a sports activities stadium within the nation.

It has modified the wind patterns within the stadium, Patriots All-Professional returner Marcus Jones mentioned.

“It’s a bit completely different,” Jones mentioned. “As a result of the video board has a bit opening and the wind was at all times coming by means of that means. So, simply ensuring we all know the place the wind goes, wanting on the goalposts to assist out, and issues like that.”

Demario Douglas is studying area punts

One of many areas rookie receiver Demario Douglas has improved in throughout coaching camp is punt return abilities. He credit Troy Brown and the teaching employees for educating him learn the ball correctly.

“I by no means knew learn a ball in punt return,” Douglas mentioned. “As of like, the way it comes off of a leg and the way you’re speculated to learn it. Working with the employees has truly taught me learn the ball within the air on punt return. So, I’ve gained plenty of information with this employees.”

Robert Kraft sighting

Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft watched apply from the sidelines, sporting a blue costume shirt, darkish pants, and a navy Patriots hat.

Kraft was named a semifinalist for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame final month.

Combined responses to ‘Exhausting Knocks’

The brand new season of “Exhausting Knocks,” the HBO actuality present that follows a crew throughout coaching camp, debuts on Tuesday night time. This yr, the present follows the Patriots’ divisional rival New York Jets.

“I’m going to look at it. I don’t know when, however I’m going to attempt,” Patriots defensive finish Deatrich Clever mentioned. “It’s a fairly cool present.”

Cornerback Marcus Jones mentioned he isn’t seeking to be on it anytime quickly.

“It’s at all times been a dream of me watching it,” Jones mentioned. “However I (wouldn’t be) loopy about being on it.”