On Friday, the third-year pro Christian Barmore was absent from day three of New England Patriots training camp. I would like to think head coach Bill Belichick would count this as an excused absence from practice.
Late last night, the stud defensive lineman took to Instagram to show off the birth of his baby girl.
One of the early stars of Patriots training camp Ty Montgomery was also absent at practice. According to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald, Montgomery suffered a leg injury trying to catch a pass from third-string quarterback Trace McSorley.
The pass was off-target, which caused Montgomery to collide with linebacker Terez Hall. Belichick described Montgomery's injury as "day to day" when speaking with the media before Friday's training camp practice.
Last season in his ten games played, Barmore tallied 23 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. This is down from his 2021 season numbers, where the former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman had 46 total tackles while playing all 17 games.
Year three could be a massive year for Barmore as the Patriots have continued to add talent on the defensive side of the ball.
With the addition of this year's draft picks in Oregon University cornerback Christian Gonzalez and second-round pick defensive lineman Keion White, the Patriots' defense should be a handful for opposing teams.
While the offense appears to be struggling at the start of Patriots training camp, the defense seems to be thriving. So much so, coach Belichick even spoke glowingly about safety Kyle Dugger before day two of training camp, with an impending free agency looming after the season.
On day three, after limited work in the first couple of days, star edge rusher Matthew Judon seems to be getting much more work in.
According to multiple reports at training camp, Judon has been busy getting reps in all morning.