Patriots training camp: Defense looks solid, but the offense? Not so much

The Patriots appear to be a team that will run through their defense again.
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Day two of the New England Patriots training camp has come and gone. Now, fans anxiously await for day three to begin. But, even though it has only been two days, how does the team look through two practices?

As expected, the defense looks great and are poised to be a top-ten defense in the NFL. The offense? That's an entirely different story.

It was a hot day in Foxboro, and defense matched up with how hot the weather was. Yes, the offense is learning a new playbook, but the defense so far has stepped up.

One player in particular that has stepped up on the defensive side of the ball is safety Kyle Dugger. Dugger has now gone back-to-back days of intercepting Mac Jones. Granted, this interception on day two was an across-the-body pass from Jones, where Jones threw the ball right to Dugger.

Another defensive star, rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez had his ups and downs. There were some plays where he played perfect coverage against JuJu Smith-Schuster, and then the following play would get burned by him or sometimes DeVante Parker.

Overall, Gonzalez has shown why the Patriots (somehow) selected him with the 17th overall pick.

Some slight concern was that Matt Judon was limited on day two. Judon, who has become the fan favorite with his tradition of playing catch with fans before practice, was not seen after the opening stretches and speed drills. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.

Overall on the defensive side, there are very little to no worries. But the same cannot be said for the offensive side of the ball.

The offense is learning the new playbook from new offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. There will be growing pains. In fact, there's a chance the offense doesn't click until maybe October.

That said, after two days, there shouldn't be much of anything to panic about.

Mac Jones has appeared to struggle so far. The same goes for Bailey Zappe.

It's evident that this is Jones' team as he continues to take snaps with the starters. Jones did have three touchdowns today, including his best throw so far with a dime to the back of the endzone to DeVante Parker. But one glaring issue could hold Jones back if it isn't fixed sooner rather than later.

The offensive line has not looked great so far, either. Michael Onwenu has been on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, and in his place is Bill Murray. Jones was "sacked" multiple times today in the 11 on 11 drills, with the defense easily breaking through the offensive line.

As for the receivers, two had very forgettable days. Both Tyquan Thornton and Kendrick Bourne were nonexistent.

In fact, Thornton saw no targets, whereas Bourne's highlight was a false start that resulted in him running a lap. It's obvious that JuJu Smith-Schuster and DeVante Parker are battling for the number one receiver spot on the depth chart.

A surprise to some would be that rookie wide receiver Demario Douglas is getting reps with the starters. Although he isn't getting the targets that Parker and Smith-Schuster are getting, his presence with the starters has not gone unnoticed.

Finally, as for the running backs, Rhamondre Stevenson was limited today.

Ty Montgomery limped off the field after he collided with linebacker Terez Hall. Due to Stevenson and Montgomery not doing much, the running backs, in general, were not much of a factor.