The Patriots are set to begin training camp next week, and the team recently announced updates for the coaching staff and player roster.
The Patriots seem to be getting off on a bit of the wrong foot, as training camp for the team begins next week. A few things related to the roster and coaching staff were announced that are worth talking about.
Firstly, five veteran Patriots have found themselves on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
David Andrews, Jabrill Peppers, Jonathan Jones, Raekwon McMillan, and James White were all placed on the list.
Raekwon McMillan and Jabrill Peppers are both recovering from torn ACLs, David Andrews and Jonathan Jones are recovering from shoulder injuries, and James White is nursing a hip injury.
These players can come off of the list at any time, but all five players could potentially play major roles on the team this year, so seeing their placement on the PUP list isn’t a welcome sight.
McMillan and Peppers could potentially be key contributors on defense this season, while White and Andrews have been mainstays on the Patriots for years.
If any of these five end up missing regular season games, it could put a wrench in the already tough situation the team has playing in the loaded AFC East.
The second bit of news was likely already known, but now officially official.
The team announced their coaching staff and titles, and, as somewhat expected, the team did not name an offensive or defensive coordinator.
Matt Patricia is serving as a senior football advisor/offensive line coach, while Joe Judge is serving as an offensive assistant/quarterback’s coach.
With training camp starting next Wednesday, all eyes should be on the team and how they begin or continue the process of play calling.
Bill Belichick is perhaps the best football coach to have ever walked the Earth, so his plan, if he has one, is likely one that will work, however, it is reasonable to be concerned about the lack of clarity among the offensive play caller.