The Patriots and Panthers began their first of two joint practices this week on Tuesday, and things got off to a hot start.
The Patriots took the field on Tuesday ready for a more true, competitive practice. After several weeks of mostly underwhelming performances at training camp for the offense, the summer heat wasn’t the only thing that was hot.
The day started much more successfully for the Patriots’ offense, an improvement from what has been seen in recent days.
The defense continued with their domination, but this time against the Panthers’ offense. They came out physical and competitive, a much-needed change heading into their game this Friday.
Both Jalen Mills and Matthew Judon shared the spotlight with their performances; Mills continuing to show why he is CB1 and Judon displaying a performance reminiscent of his first season with the team.
Defensive stats for the day:
- Shaun Wade made one interception
- Pass breakups: Jalen Mills with 3, Shaun Wade with 2, Marcus Jones and Terrance Mitchell with one each
- Sacks: Judon and Wise with 2 each, Barmore/Ekuale/Bethel/Dugger with one each
- Run stuffs: Davon Godchaux with 2, Judon/Jennings/Barmore with one each
Amid practice, with the Patriots offense on the field, multiple fights broke out near the Panthers’ sideline.
It was said Carolina’s bench was getting chirpy, with many of the Patriots’ plays ending near them, which then led to the first fight of the day.
Once broken up, several players would be ejected from the field, including Kristian Wilkerson and Kendrick Bourne from the Patriots.
Less than ten minutes later, with both sides still on the field, another scrum would break out, leading to both players’ removal from practice as well.
It was also noted that Mac Jones and Panthers’ Brian Burns would speak at one point during the day, the first time the two have met since Jones’ “dirty play” when tackling Burns last season.
The practice would finish without any further distractions. With the two teams set to meet for practice again tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if tempers will flair once again.