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Will a No. 1 wide receiver emerge for Mac Jones? – Boston Herald



FOXBORO — Here was the good news from Thursday’s practice outside Gillette Stadium, where temperatures soared into the mid 90s and the Patriots hoped their passing game would take flight, too.

Jakobi Meyers remains as reliable as ever. He caught all five passes in team periods and routinely snaked into open space over the middle. Jonnu Smith, the co-star of the Patriots’ rebuffed two-tight end package, grabbed a team-high six passes over his best practice of training camp.

Now to the bad news: their efforts weren’t enough to drag the Pats offense out of its now week-long slump. Blame for that slump — other than the calendar, because let’s not forget this is training camp — largely belonged to the other wide receivers, who couldn’t shake coverage downfield.

DeVante Parker, the team’s projected No. 1, has three catches total this week. That’s four practices, including the team’s first three padded sessions of the summer, where he’s been out-paced by virtually everyone. Meyers and Smith gobbled up targets today because they run the safest routes for Mac Jones, who felt almost impatient as he tried to establish some momentum in 11-on-11 periods.

Jones settled for several flat, slant and quick-out throws, most of which found his slot receiver and No. 2 tight end. Easy-bake offense.

Oh, and the Patriots still can’t run the ball. On Thursday, the starting offensive line allowed three run stuffs and two sacks to the starting defense in 16 head-to-head snaps, while Jones had two other incompletions caused by pressure.



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