As I said before, my area of biggest concern for the Patriots in the offseason is the offensive line, and on Saturday there was some good and bad news about that position.
The good news was the performance of rookie guard Joe Thuney.
I wasn’t at training camp this weekend, but several media outlets said Thuney really stood out. In one-on-one drills he held his own against Malcolm Brown, Frank Kearse and Trey Flowers. He showed good strength and finished each block.
This is huge because if New England is going to go anywhere this season they will need the OL to play at a much higher level than it did last year. With tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer returning from injuries, the biggest area of need is at guard.
That’s where the bad news comes in as well.
Jonathan Cooper, the guy the Pats traded away Chandler Jones for, was carted off the field with what was apparently a lower leg injury. Cooper, who was taken No. 7 overall in the 2013 draft, is somebody else who has the potential to significantly improve the OL.