June 12, 2024

Patriots

Mac Jones and the Patriots’ starters are reportedly anticipated to play on Saturday.

New England Patriots' Ezekiel Elliott watches quarterback Mac Jones throw during practice for NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis.
Mac Jones and Ezekiel Elliott may each play on Saturday evening in Inexperienced Bay. . (AP Picture/Morry Gash)

After a contentious sequence of joint practices in Inexperienced Bay, the Patriots will tackle the Packers at Lambeau Subject in a preseason matchup on Saturday evening. Kick-off is about for 8 p.m. EST. 

The Patriots are searching for stronger returns on offense after a lackluster displaying of their preseason opener towards the Texans on Aug. 10. 

According to BostonSportsJournal.com’s Greg Bedard, the Patriots are anticipated play most of their starters at the beginning of Saturday’s showdown. 

Right here’s a take a look at seven issues to observe for throughout Saturday’s exhibition contest, together with Ezekiel Elliott’s potential debut, Malik Cunningham’s position, the offensive line, and extra.  

Comply with alongside right here for stay updates from Saturday’s preseason matchup and verify again as soon as the sport wraps for some early observations.

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6:41: Seeing lots of starters on either side of the ball can be intriguing, however it gained’t imply all that a lot if New England’s O-line doesn’t bounce again. Even with Trent Brown probably set to return, Jones was nonetheless sacked 5 instances throughout Thursday’s joint apply.

6:39: Appears like we’ll get an prolonged look from Jones and New England’s starters tonight.

6:37: Christian Gonzalez soaking all of it in earlier than his first sport in Inexperienced Bay. The rookie had a tough go of it on Wednesday throughout joint practices, however bounced again the next day with a move break-up in the long run zone.

6:36: The Patriots secondary was usually jawing with the Packers all through joint practices, led by Jabrill Peppers. One shouldn’t anticipate extra scraps, however I think about the trash speaking will proceed. 

One man to maintain tabs on is Jack Jones, who at present leads the Patriots in camp with 11 move breakups. 

6:35: One other offensive weapon to maintain tabs on? Demario Douglas. He’s been one of many begins of coaching camp, however the rookie wideout solely earned restricted reps final week towards Houston. Will likely be attention-grabbing to see if he’s extra concerned within the offense tonight, particularly if Jones is underneath heart. 

6:33: Ezekiel Elliott may additionally get some run tonight as Rhamondre Stevenson’s backup. On Thursday, Elliott logged 14 snaps throughout 11-on-11 drills.

6:30: If Mac Jones and the Patriots starters do certainly get some reps on Saturday, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how Jones builds off of what was arguably considered one of his greatest practices as a Patriot. Throughout Thursday’s aggressive session, Jones was 14-of-17 towards the Packers, connecting with DeVante Parker on a 50-yard landing bomb to shut out a two-minute drill. 

6:25: Will likely be attention-grabbing to see how chippy tonight’s contest can be, particularly after Thursday’s apply featured eight scraps and scrums between New England and Inexperienced Bay. 

“We got here out right here to get higher. I consider Inexperienced Bay wished to get higher,” Matt Judon mentioned on Thursday. “We don’t put [boxing] gloves on for a residing. We’re not boxers. We’re not fighters. We got here out right here to get higher and enhance in our craft.

“If any of that occurred in a sport, we’d’ve all been kicked out. We’d’ve been taking part in with like 17 gamers. That stuff can’t occur. It’s important to be an expert. We got here right here to play soccer and that’s what we ultimately bought to.”