Mac Jones, Patriots express confidence in ‘new offense’ despite growing pains – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Challenging change: One of the reasons Bill Belichick has traditionally promoted from within on his coaching staff is valuing continuity, and players not having to learn a new system with every change. Offensively, that resulted…

New York Giants likely to buck norm, make safety Xavier McKinney defensive playcaller – NFL Nation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was the final play of the third practice of training camp for the New York Giants. Coach Brian Daboll called upon quarterback Daniel Jones and safety Xavier McKinney to take the roles of offensive and defensive coordinator. Jones called the offensive plays; McKinney the defense….

Tyquan Thornton shows signs he could end Patriots’ early-round WR woes – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Thornton’s fit: Given the most recent chapter of the Patriots’ shaky history selecting receivers early in the draft — when they whiffed on N’Keal Harry at the end of the 2019 first round — the…

New England Patriots WR DeVante Parker solidifying role with big plays, contested grabs – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Parker’s place: The red zone was a primary emphasis through the first four days of training camp, and it quickly became clear that veteran receiver DeVante Parker is a big part of the Patriots’ plans….

Jets bullish on O-line after making ‘right’ moves with Mekhi Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker – NFL Nation

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A year ago, New York Jets tackle Mekhi Becton was so high on his new right-hand man, guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, that he retweeted a photo of them on the practice field, predicting, “JORDAN AND PIPPEN!!! Mark my words!!!” Becton’s right-hand man is now his left-hand man….

Assist from Richard Sherman helps WR Andrew Jamiel get tryout with Patriots – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots were considering hosting Division II receiver Andrew Jamiel for a tryout this week, they reached out to five-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman for a reference. Sherman told the Patriots the same thing he’s been relaying to Jamiel: “What took you so long!…

RG III: Patriots’ coaching setup will have ‘massive impact in a good way’ on Mac Jones – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. RG III’s take: One of the NFL’s more compelling 2022 storylines will be how quarterback Mac Jones is affected by the Patriots’ new-look coaching staff. Bill Belichick hasn’t named a coordinator or playcaller to fill…

Carson Wentz’s spring fills Washington Commanders with optimism – NFL Nation

ASHBURN, Va. — The first impression of quarterback Carson Wentz left the Washington Commanders excited for the next one. They saw what they had hoped to see this spring: a strong arm that should open up their offense. The work ethic, the brains. These attributes made Wentz attractive to the…

Raekwon McMillan, revamped linebacker group among keys to Patriots’ season – NFL Nation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. McMillan in middle: When the Patriots lined up in their nickel defense on the first day reporters were present for spring practices, Raekwon McMillan was a top linebacker. It was a reminder of significant personnel…

Dallas Cowboys rolling with rookie kicker? Mike McCarthy urges patience – NFL Nation

FRISCO, Texas — In 2007, Mike McCarthy was 44 years old and in his second year as Green Bay Packers head coach. He was still learning the trade and emotions would sometimes flare, especially with a rookie kicker. McCarthy is now 58 and facing a pressure-packed 2022 as he enters…