Patriots training camp report: Three fights break out in joint session with Panthers



After a Mac Jones completion to Wilkerson along the Panthers sideline, the receiver was pushed by a Carolina staffer as he tried to get up, and he backed off.

The Panthers players reacted and players from both teams and both fields ran into the action (think of the guys in the bullpen coming out to join in a baseball brawl). Bourne and Robinson traded blows before he was put down.

Two plays later, New England tackle Trent Brown got into a mini-shoving game with Carolina defensive linemen Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes Sr.

Several plays later in the same period, Carolina’s Phil Hoskins and Frankie Luvu appeared to have a problem with James Ferentz finishing his block, and another kerfuffle ensued.

Hoskins was dumped immediately, and after some discussion between officials, Ferentz was also kicked out.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Carolina coach Matt Rhule then called their teams together for a long chat, and there were no more skirmishes.

Asked about Belichick’s message to the band, Parker replied, “You can’t do that. That was really it.

Rhule, who said after practice, “We didn’t come here to fight,” had similar thoughts for his troops.

“We don’t want to do that; it wastes a lot of time,” said Carolina safety Jeremy Chinn. “It’s not a good thing to fight again and again. We want to bring in the representatives. We want to train and play ball.


Not participating: OTs Isaiah Wynn (undisclosed) and Justin Herron (undisclosed), CB Joejuan Williams (shoulder) and Malcolm Butler (undisclosed), OL Bill Murray (undisclosed) and Andrew Stueber (list of injuries not related to the soccer).

Belichick called Wynn “day after day.”

TE Dalton Keene (undisclosed) was limited.

INJURIES: TE Hunter Henry walked out for an undisclosed reason before participating in team drills. OL Yasir Durant did not finish the session either.

Carolina C Bradley Bozeman was taken out after getting tangled up with Matthew Judon. Rhule had no post-workout updates.

DRESS CODE: Full buffers.


It was Parker again. The 6-foot-3 receiver skied to point a side pass from Jones, snatching the hog despite double coverage from CJ Henderson and Xavier Woods. Parker’s ability to win 50-50 balls was a recurring theme throughout camp. He thinks 50-50 balls is more like “80-20” in his favor. Parker said his mindset is, “When the ball is in the air, it’s mine.”


▪ Fairly solid day from Jones, who was 21 of 30 in full team drills and 7 of 7 in 7-on-7 periods (not all numbers official). He faced decent pressure but showed good foot speed and decision-making, using his controls when the deepest ball wasn’t there.

He probably would have taken a sack (Matt Ioannidis) and his only interception came on the last rep of a two-minute drill when Luvu caught a ball intended for Jonnu Smith. Panthers linebackers also deflected a pair of passes from Jones.

Matthew Judon wore his usual red hoodie to practice.Steven Senne/Associated Press

▪ Jalen Mills continues to impress at the corner, dominating his clashes in individual drills (he’s exhausted Panthers top cats Robbie Anderson and Ra’Shaun Henry) and recording a goal-line pass breakup against Anderson in the last team period.

▪ Deatrich Wise called it a “dominant” day for the New England defense, and the best evidence came from a late streak in which the unit reportedly recorded four consecutive sacks. Baker Mayfield was reportedly planted by Kyle Dugger, Wise and Christian Barmore (a terrific mid-air ballet move to avoid contact), and Sam Darnold was reportedly buried by Anfernee Jennings.


▪ Referee Brad Allen’s team, who will work Friday’s game, was on hand. Belichick had a long chat with Allen during an early period, and it appeared the emphasis on the holding rule was the topic of conversation. The two pulled on each other’s sleeves and the backs of their shirts during the conversation. There were nods and smiles when it was all said and done.

▪ Tyquan Thornton put Kalon Barnes in a blender, using a stuttering move to spin Carolina’s corner like a top before firing a deep pass from Jones during the one-on-one.

Tyquan Thornton showed off some nifty moves in joint practice.Steven Senne/Associated Press

▪ Jakobi Meyers dusted off Sean Chandler on a back lane before snagging a penny off Bailey Zappe.

▪ Shaun Wade had a pass from Darnold that was deflected (possibly by Jennings) on a two-minute drill.

▪ Wade was called for pass interference on the next snap, but it was wrong.

▪ Brian Hoyer hit Devin Asiasi with a touchdown pass to cap off a two-minute drive and practice. Asiasi and Matt Sokol got extra reps with Henry down.


▪ Patriots owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft.

▪ Panthers owner David Tepper.

▪ Patriots alumni Tedy Bruschi and Patrick Chung.

▪ Former Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.


Wednesday: Joint practice with the Panthers, 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.).

Thursday: Public holiday.

Friday: exhibition game 2 against the Panthers, 7 p.m.

Jim McBride can be contacted at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.

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