Patriots take on first day of training camp

NFL New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass (WWLP) – The calendar may say July but football season began in Foxborough Thursday morning.

Football is back in Foxborough! Fans got their first look at the six-time Super Bowl champs and in New England, Super Bowls aren’t a goal, they’re an expectation.

The past is the past and players are now focused on a new season and new opportunity to get better. Despite last year’s Super Bowl championship, players on both sides of the ball agreed that every season starts with a new slate and opportunity to get better as a whole. 22News spoke with Cornerback Stephon Gilmore who said competition is the key to improvement.

“We just try to get better every day, everybody is trying to push everybody no matter who it is, no matter the name on the back of their jersey,” said Gilmore. “We’re just going to come out here and compete and get better each and every day.”

Pre-season starts next month and training camp gives teams a chance to see what they’re working with and how to tackle the new season.

One of the team’s fiercest competitors, Julian Edelman, was sidelined with an injury for today’s practice but still took part in warmups. Edelman is expected to be ready for the regular season.

In a news release sent to 22News, the Patriots signed 31-year-old free-agent tight end Lance Kendricks on Wednesday and 28-year-old offensive lineman Brian Schwenke was put on the reserve/retired list.

The Patriots will have several more practices before they play their first pre-season game against the Detriot Lions.

You can watch that game on 22News and if you’re going to training camp, share your photos with us by emailing them to reportit@wwlp.com!

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