The Patriots observe on the stadium with a special twist

On Friday night at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots held their annual in-stadium practice with a slightly different approach than previous years for season ticket members and Foxborough residents.

Usually, the stadium session is an unpadded training session where the team goes through transition. But on Friday night, veterans Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer led Team Blue against rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe and Team White in a mock game.

While the scrimmage felt like a real game, the pace was about three-quarters speed, aside from a few instances where the competitive juices were flowing.

The highlight of the night came late in the “second quarter” when wide receiver DeVante Parker broke behind cornerback Joejuan Williams’ coverage and hit quarterback Brian Hoyer roughly 60 yards. Parker’s long grab from the scrimmage made a strong first impression for this summer’s veteran recruit.

After practice, running back Damien Harris discussed head coach Bill Belichick’s goals for the night, which were as lively as any practice at the stadium in recent memory.

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