The Patriots wrapped up their OTA’s and minicamp sessions back in June and won’t return to the field until training camp begins on July 29th.
Here are the players who stood out with the best off-season workouts.
QB Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo: During OTA’s and minicamp QB Tom Brady shined like usual, showing he’s still one amazing QB. Backup QB, maybe season opener starter Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid minicamp too. The second year QB looks comfortable with New England’s offense and has a nice touch on his passes. His biggest weakness is that he holds onto the ball too long.
RB James White: He had an excellent camp for the Patriots this year. He looked like a guy who could fill Shane Vereen’s pass-catching role for New England. He’s a nice route runner and runs smoothly. He will look to continue his hot start through training camp and really needs to show up for pre-season, something he didn’t do last year. He will have stiff competition for the job against RB Travaris Cadet, Tyler Gaffney, and Brandon Bolden. Bolden is a lock to make the roster since he’s an all-star special teams guy.
TE Scott Chandler: He caught almost everything from everybody during the team’s off-season workouts. He worked alone with Brady and Gronk for goal line drills and will make an excellent sidekick to Gronk and insurance incase something happens to Gronk. Chandler missed the final practice due to a rib injury, according to reports. The Pats look in good shape at TE even after cutting Fred Davis and Tim Wright.
TE Rob Gronkowski: Of course he had a good camp. He didn’t have to spend any time this off-season rehabbing and looked like the Gronk we all know and love. He’s a beast and that’s all I can say.
WR Danny Amendola: He stood out on offense as he caught everything that came his way and created nice separation from defenders. He always has a good minicamp and training camp, his problem is starting the season the way he ends the off-season. He did great for the Patriots at the end of last year, and right now he looks like a guy who could begin that way.
WR Julian Edelman: He’s the best wide out on the team and you can see that all the time regardless if it’s minicamp, training camp, pre-season games, or regular season games. He’s amazing.
CB Darryl Roberts: He’s having an off-season like a certain undrafted Super Bowl hero had last year. The 7th round selection by the Pats in April, broke up quite a few passes during minicamp. He’s making a case to make the team and maybe compete for a starting job in a wide open secondary.
CB Logan Ryan: The Pats will start two new outside corners and slot corner this year and Ryan is making his case to be the team’s starting slot guy. He’s also versatile. He can get some reps on the outside and at safety. He showed off his ball skills, his speed, and his chemistry with FS Devin McCourty. He was always near the ball during practices.