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Patriots Camp Report 08.20.20: Defense far from full strength but still has way with offense

Kyle Dugger (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

FOXBOROUGH — Practice No. 4 finished earlier today, and there was a lot to break down. Let's run down all you need to know: all the stats, one-on-one pass rushes and punting charts, 3 up/down, and odds and ends:

ONE MORE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW (After the earlier post)

Defense takes it to the offense

Everyone makes it out like this Patriots defense is the same as last season, when they were among the best in the league for most of the year (sorry about Miami). Tell someone that Jarrett Stidham was not good at practice today, and you'll met with, "Well, the defense is awesome ... everyone stinks against us."

Uh, no.

In case you didn't notice, just about every linebacker, edge player and two of the three starting safeties are gone. On Thursday, Stephon Gilmore wasn't even on the field (likely a vet day, those seem to be rotating). So you were looking at a defense that, sure, might have some good depth in the secondary, but the only repeat starters on the field were Lawrence Guy, Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty (he was part-time last year) and Jonathan Jones. The rest of the players are all new in major roles, or competing for one.

So the 1985 Bears have not been on the field.

And still, the defense just about stuffed the offense in a locker for much of Thursday's practice, and thumped them in the red zone/goal line period to end practice.

The final sequences: