Going Camping: New England Patriots

Change has been a common theme for the New England Patriots as they continue to navigate through the post-Tom Brady era.That trend continued this offseason, as longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was named head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, second-year quarterback Mac Jones picked up a couple of new weapons and a shuffling continued on the defensive side.Training camp location: Foxborough, Mass.Gillette StadiumRookie report date: July 19Veteran report date: July 26Key acquisitions: CB Terrance Mitchell, WR/RB Ty Montgomery, LB Mack Wilson, WR DeVante Parker, S Jabril Peppers, CB Malcolm ButlerKey losses: DE Chase Winovich, CB J.C. Jackson, OL Ted Karras, LB Kyle Van Noy, RB Brandon Bolden, OG Shaq Mason, WR N’Keal HarryAlthough they added DeVante Parker, the Patriots still don’t have a true No. 1 receiver. How that could affect Jones’ development is yet to be seen, and there’s no telling what the offense is going to look like without Josh McDaniels calling plays. Joe Judge and Matt Patricia were among the candidates rumored to take over at offensive coordinator, but New England never did officially fill the position. It also neglected to name a defensive coordinator, who would have had their hands full presiding over a defense that lost one of the best cornerbacks in the league in J.C. Jackson.The minor moves the Patriots made this offseason were nothing compared to last year’s $163 million spending spree, but the team certainly didn’t take a step in the wrong direction, either.–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS

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