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What we’ve learned about Patriots’ rookies so far in training camp – Boston Herald

The Patriots have the makings of a special rookie class based on early returns this summer.

Internally, the team is optimistic about their 2023 NFL Draft picks while acknowledging it’s still very early in the summer. But the qualities they liked on college tape have been showing up so far in training camp.

Here’s what we’ve seen this summer from each member of the Patriots’ 12-man draft class and the team’s three remaining undrafted rookies.

CB Christian Gonzalez

It would be a shock if the 2023 first-round pick wasn’t a Day 1 starter for the Patriots. Gonzalez has been running with the first team and tested by covering the team’s best wide receivers. Has it been perfect? No, but that’s not to be expected out of rookie. Gonzalez has been beaten. But he’s also made impressive pass breakups over the Patriots’ big, physical wide receivers. And the Patriots’ defensive sideline blew up Thursday when Gonzalez laid the lumber on wide receiver Raleigh Webb for a tackle for loss. In the same practice, Gonzalez was beaten on a long play to wide receiver Tre Nixon. Still, returns are positive for Gonzalez early as he runs with the first team. He has three pass breakups in training camp, which is tied for second-most on the team.

New England Patriots rookie Christian Gonzalez speaks to the media following Thursday’s practice in Foxboro. The first-round pick has been solid in the secondary. (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

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