Tuesday Patriots training camp observations: N'Keal Harry building momentum


FOXBOROUGH -- Following an intense Patriots practice Monday, the tempo was dialed back a bit on Tuesday in the close to two-hour session that was held in full pads.

There were some competitive periods, but overall things were not quite like the day before.

During 11-on-11 work, noise was pumped in. It was not the typical loud music that gets played during training camp, but noise that resembled being near an airport. It is worth wondering if this could be part of the plan for stadiums to pump noise in during the year.

Jarrett Stidham saw more work in team drills than he has in recent days, but it still does not feel like he's 100 percent. Cam Newton continued to get the bulk of the reps, especially in 11-on-11 work. Stidham did make the most of his throws as he did not have a single incompletion in 11-on-11 work.

In terms of attendance, Julian Edelman, Devin Ross, Adrian Phillips, Sony Michel, Lamar Miller, Yodny Cajuste, Will Hastings, Jeff Thomas and Beau Allen were all missing. Stephon Gilmore and Jake Burt returned.

Meanwhile, Jakobi Meyers, Kyle Dugger and Terez Hall were all limited.

Here are some observations from the session.

-- For the third straight practice, Newton has dominated in terms of the number of reps in 11-on-11 work. He still appears to be learning the offense, but is getting better every single day. He made one of his best throws of training camp to rookie running back J.J. Taylor on a 30ish-yard go route with Ja'Whaun Bentley in coverage. It was a good read and a good throw. Newton also had several nice throws in 1-on-1 work, throwing the ball in the right spot with some good velocity. In addition, like we've seen in recent days, we saw a number of plays called that would not be called with Tom Brady as the quarterback. It should be a new-look offense in 2020.

-- For the throws that Stidham did make, he looked good. It does seem like the Patriots are taking it easy with him, but he is slowly working his way back to somewhat normal reps. Meanwhile, Brian Hoyer continues to be consistent and is a valuable player to have as the No. 3 quarterback.

-- It was another good day for N'Keal Harry who made a few good catches in 1-on-1 drills and then in a blocking drill got into it with cornerback Michael Jackson after the play. Harry won the rep and then blocked him to the ground. The two are developing quite the rivalry as this is the second straight day they have had an issue after a play. For Harry, it's been night and day the last two days compared to the last week when he missed a few sessions. He seems to be playing with a purpose and it has been good to see him play with some intensity even though it's the summer and against his own team.

-- Rookie tight end Devin Asiasi needed to get some work done to his foot/ankle by the trainer. He did not return, so this is something to keep an eye on in the coming days.

-- The entire defensive line had to run a lap following one player going offsides in 1-on-1 work.

-- Gunner Olszewski continues to make the most of his opportunities. With Edelman and Ross out, along with Meyers limited, the second-year player got a lot of reps and made a few solid catches. Unless something major happens, he seems likely to make the roster.

-- Damien Harris continues to impress. He's definitely made the most of increased with Sony Michel and Lamar Miller on PUP.

-- Nick Folk and Justin Rohrwasser kicked for the second straight day. Both attempted three kicks from 30-45 yards. Folk went 3-for-3, while Rohrwasser went 2-for-3. It may have been 3-for-3 as there was some debate whether or not his second kick was good. Folk missed a long field goal to the skinny goal-post at the end of practice, but he likely would not have attempted it in a game. With Folk now on board, it seems more than likely the job will be his.