New England Patriots: Training Camp Battles to Watch

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Jun 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (left) , Tom Brady (middle) and Ryan Mallett (right) warm up during organized team activities at the Patriots Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Training Camps kick off over the next couple of weeks and the New England Patriots have officially made the first dates of practices available at With veterans reporting on Wednesday, July 23 there is finally an end to the long spring and summer without football and the first steps towards erasing the sour taste leftover from the 27-16 loss to Denver in the AFC Championship game last January.

With an exciting offseason (Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner) and usual head-scratching NFL Draft (Dominique Easley and Jimmy Garoppolo) the Patriots’ training camp is expected to feature a number of interesting position battles. Whether using a sick day at work to attend practice or catching up on all the training camp news here all summer long at, there is Bill Belichick’s favorite buzzword–competition–at a number of spots. Here are seven spots to watch this summer at the Patriots training camp and during the preseason games: