What to watch for in joint Patriots and Panthers workouts

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 11: New England Patriots Senior Football Advisor Matt Patricia attends the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Another big talking point during training camp — and really since the start of the offseason — has been who will call offensive plays. We got a glimpse of that Thursday night against the Giants, when Matt Patricia seemed to take on the responsibilities of the start of the game, with joe judges take over once Bailey Zappe came in at quarterback.

Did that mean Patricia was the “starting” playmaker while Judge was “backup” or was it still an “open competition”? Belichick and other members of the coaching staff have been mum on the subject so far.

Tuesday and Wednesday should offer more clarity. Typically, in joint practices, teams do more to simulate real game situations with playing conditions. This includes a running clock, down markers, moving the ball, and sometimes even officials. In this sense, sessions can be like game rehearsals.

If that’s the case, it would make sense for the Patriots to be in a game mode when it comes to play calls. It should be interesting to see who passes the signals in the huddle when the team’s first offense is on. field.

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