Blimp is Live at Patriots Training Camp! [VIDEO]
The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready to hold the first of two joint practices here at Gillette Stadium leading up to their pre-season game here in Foxborough on Friday night and The Blimp is here for day one.
Patriots fans are already showing up by the thousands to watch these two teams go through on field drills together and match their respective offenses against their respective defenses as several players from both teams who are on the bubble compete for sought after roster spots.
Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to deliver a press conference at 1:45 p.m. before the two teams take the two practice fields at 2:15 p.m., according to the Patriots Media Guide. Some of the things that Patriots fans will be watching today will be whether Patriots back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett will be on the field after he missed last two days of training camp.
They may also watch the progress of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo following his impressive outing against the Washington Redskins last week. Rob Gronkowski is also back practicing with the team, but will he be in full pads? Another story that is much closer to Maine Pats fans will be whether former University of Maine wide receiver Derrick Johnson can make the team. The Patriots are pretty deep at this position and Bryan Tyms may have given the Patriots coaches something to think about after he played well against the Redskins last week.
Johnson suffered a sprained left knee injury this spring after he was intially signed by the Patriots and managed to get back on the field in time for training camp in late July. The Blimp is hoping to catch up with Derrick following Tuesday's practice.
We will be posting lots of photos on the WBLM.com Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the afternoon and some videos on WBLM.com's YouTube channel so stay with us.