A post-by-post recap of the first two weeks of Patriots training camp

– Newcomer DeVante Parker has given the Patriots what we’ve all been waiting for: a big target on the outside who can earn jumps and factor in their red zone offense. His chemistry with Jones on the shoulders and in contested situations is already there.

– Jakobi Meyers continues to be Mr. Reliable on short and intermediate routes. He gets to the right places and catches the ball. As we know, there is something to be said for his consistency.

–It’s been a quiet camp for wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, who showed a few in unpadded practices the first week but didn’t do much in fully padded sessions. The feeling here is that Bourne will emerge on game day regardless, where his energy will really take over.

– We’ve seen signs that Nelson Agholor and Jones could connect more effectively on deep throws than in Agholor’s first season with the Pats.

– Speaking of speed, there’s a lot to love about Tyquan Thornton. He can challenge defenses from deep, tracks and adapts to the ball well, and is quicker in his breaks than expected on non-vertical patterns. Thornton could make an impact sooner than expected.

– Tre Nixon and Kristian Wilkerson battle it out to prove they deserve a spot on the roster, trading standout moments. In Wednesday’s practice, Wilkerson caught Shaun Wade, the play of the day. On Thursday, Nixon had two catches in team drills that showed off his brilliance as a road runner. They both have a chance to make the list.

– Hunter Henry is Hunter Henry. He will make plays on third down and will again be a big factor in the red zone this season.

– We’re still waiting to see if the Patriots uncover any more intriguing touches for Jonnu Smith, perhaps in a hybrid H-Back role so he can utilize his exceptional trait as a productive running back.

– Devin Asiasi’s improved routes, especially his ability to hide the break point, stood out to his teammates. Belichick also had some nice things to say about him this week.

– The biggest question after two weeks for the offensive line is, will there be any casualties related to the scheme? Some of the bigger power blockers, such as Mike Onwenu, could lose out to sportier options if zone concepts are here to stay.

– Two athletic linemen who have stood out are OT Justin Herron and Arlington guard Hambright. Herron looks like a really solid swing tackle with starter potential. Hambright might be more of a replacement for Ted Karras as an inside swing player, but his athleticism shines in the zone patterns, and he’s had more opportunities than expected.

– Cole Strange has taken a lot of coaching and is improving, with a good rep against Christian Barmore in one-on-one and a successful two-on-two where they resumed zone blocks on Thursday.

– Isaiah Wynn doesn’t look out of place at right tackle. We’ve been impressed with his transition so far.

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