For the New England Patriots, this is one of the most critical training camps in a very long time. They need to account for the loss of Aaron Hernandez and potential absence of Rob Gronkowski. They need to effectively overhaul their entire receiving corps.
Quarterback Tom Brady must adapt on the fly and build a rapport with mostly rookies and players he’s never teamed with before.
This year is also critical for the players themselves. With so much turnover and turmoil this offseason, competition is wide open all across the roster. If there’s one thing we know about Bill Belichick, it’s that he’ll give everyone a fair shot to earn a spot.
Here are the players who’ve stood out, for better or worse, during the early portion of training camp.