– Newcomer DeVante Parker has given the Patriots what we all anticipated: a big target on the outside who can win jump balls and factor into their red zone offense. His chemistry with Jones on back-shoulders and in contested situations is already there.
– Jakobi Meyers continues to be Mr. Reliable on short and intermediate routes. He gets to the right places and catches the ball. As we know, there is something to be said for his consistency.
– It has been a quiet camp for wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, who flashed some in non-padded practices in the first week, but hasn’t done much in fully padded sessions. The feeling here is that Bourne will emerge on game day regardless, where his energy truly takes over.
– We have seen some signs that Nelson Agholor and Jones might connect more efficiently on deep throws than in Agholor’s first season with the Pats.
– Speaking of speed, there’s a lot to like about Tyquan Thornton. He can challenge defenses deep, tracks and adjusts to the ball well, and is quicker through his breaks than expected on non-vertical patterns. Thornton could make an impact sooner than expected.
– Tre Nixon and Kristian Wilkerson are in a battle to prove they’re worthy of a roster spot, exchanging notable moments. In Wednesday’s practice, Wilkerson made a catch over Shaun Wade, the play of the day. On Thursday, Nixon had two catches during team drills that showed off his burst as a route-runner. They both have a chance to make the roster.
– Hunter Henry is Hunter Henry. He will make plays on third down and be a big-time factor in the red zone again this season.
– We are still waiting to see if the Patriots unveil more schemed touches for Jonnu Smith, maybe in a hybrid H-Back role so that he can use his standout trait as a productive ball carrier.
– Devin Asiasi’s improved routes, especially his ability to disguise the break point, have stood out to teammates. Belichick also had nice things to say about him this week.
– The biggest question after two weeks for the offensive line is, will there be any scheme-related casualties? Some of the bigger power blockers, such as Mike Onwenu, could lose out to more athletic options if the zone concepts are here to stay.
– Two athletic linemen who stood out are OT Justin Herron and guard Arlington Hambright. Herron looks like a really solid swing tackle with starter potential. Hambright might be more of a Ted Karras replacement as an interior swing player, but his athleticism does shine in zone schemes, and he has gotten more opportunities than expected.
– Cole Strange has taken a lot of coaching and is improving, with a good rep against Christian Barmore in one-on-ones and a successful two-on-two period where they were repping zone blocks on Thursday.
– Isaiah Wynn doesn’t look out of place at right tackle. We’ve been impressed with his transition so far.