FOXBORO — Fans filled the lower bowl, one team occupied each sideline, referees roamed the field and a kickoff opened play.
But that was about it for real football Friday night at Gillette Stadium.
For 90 minutes, the Patriots held an intra-squad scrimmage at three-quarters speed to simulate their game-day routines and drill situational football. It was their fifth straight practice of the week, one open only to Foxboro residents and season ticket holders. Bill Belichick divided his roster into two sides: a Blue Team composed of first and second-stringers and a White Team that consisted entirely of backups.
Here are the Herald’s complete practice observations:
Absent: OLB Matt Judon, RB Rhamondre Stevenson, DB Jabrill Peppers, TE Dalton Keene, LB Jahlani Tavai
Limited: DL Deatrich Wise
Non-contact jersey: None
PUP: RB James White
NFI: OL Chasen Hines, OL Andrew Stueber
Notes: Peppers, Stevenson and Tavai were present. Tavai wore a compression sleeve on his lower right leg after going down in 11-on-11s and getting helped off the field Thursday . Judon missed his second straight practice, Keene his fourth straight.
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Starting and second-string personnel on Blue Team: quarterbacks Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer, running backs Damien Harris and Ty Montgomery, wide receivers DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor, tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith and offensive linemen Trent Brown, Cole Strange, David Andrews, Mike Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn and James Ferentz.
All other healthy offensive players were on the White Team.
Mac Jones and the starting offense opened in two-tight personnel: Harris at running back, Meyers and Parker out wide with Henry and Smith at tight end.
Bourne was the third wide receiver to see the field, followed by Agholor. That has consistently been the order at wide receiver throughout training camp.
Jones led most drives, while Hoyer saw his first extended action of the summer with one series in the first half and a couple in the second. His best pass was a 60-yard “touchdown” to DeVante Parker on a post route.
Backup/White Team quarterback Bailey Zappe hit Kristian Wilkerson with a back-shoulder throw in the end zone against Malcolm Butler in one of the more competitive reps of practice.
Rookie running back Pierre Strong participated in team drills for a second straight day after being limited for the first week-plus. He and fellow rookie Kevin Harris took most of the White Team’s second-half snaps.
Ferentz replaced right guard Mike Onwenu on the final series of the first half. Onwenu has had a disappointing camp, as has right tackle Isaiah Wynn.
Rookie wide receiver Tyquan Thornton celebrated one “touchdown” by dunking the ball through the uprights.
Offensive line coach Matt Patricia, the team’s expected play-caller, dialed in plays for the Blue Team, while quarterbacks coach Joe Judge did the same for the White Team.
Starting and second-string personnel on Blue Team: defensive linemen Davon Godchaux, Christian Barmore, Lawrence Guy and Henry Anderson; linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley, Raekwon McMillan, Mack Wilson, Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings and defensive backs Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Jalen Mills, Malcolm Butler, Terrance Mitchell, Jonathan Jones and Marcus Jones.
Marcus Jones was the only rookie to drill with the top group. While he covered the slot, longtime nickelback Jonathan Jones took reps outside.
Anfernee Jennings again replaced outside linebacker Matt Judon. Henry Anderson manned the opposite edge, with Deatrich Wise still limited.
Joshuah Bledsoe hit the gas to “intercept” Mac Jones on a 2-point conversion. Recently signed safety Jalen Elliott also had a pick off a deflection.
Inside linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley got his hands on a couple passes.
Linebackers coach Steve Belichick called plays for the Blue Team. Defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington did so for the White Team.
Punt returners: Marcus Jones, Kyle Dugger, Myles Bryant, J.J. Taylor
Kick returners: Tre Nixon, Ty Montgomery, Pierre Strong
Kickers Nick Folk and Tristian Vizcaino both went 3-for-3. Their longest field goals were from 42 yards.
Standing on the back line of his own end zone, punter Jake Bailey boomed a 75-yard punt at the end of the first half.
Bryant and Dugger both muffed punts.
Odds and ends
Outside linebacker Josh Uche and offensive tackle Justin Herron were kicked out of practice after scrapping early in the second half.
Tight ends coach Nick Caley coached the White Team after missing the last four practices. He was out with an illness, according to a team spokesperson.
Sixth-round rookie offensive lineman Chasen Hines walked around the field during warmups in a ballcap and his No. 62 jersey over a T-shirt.
Former Patriots safety Patrick Chung watched the scrimmage from the Blue Team’s sideline.