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Drake Maye ‘took a step forward’ in Wednesday’s Patriots OTA – NBC Sports Boston

By Vaseline May30,2024

Drake Maye is starting to find his feet with the New England Patriots, a month after being drafted third overall.

Our Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry were present at Wednesday’s OTA session in Foxboro, where Maye practiced running the offense alongside veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett and third-year signal caller Bailey Zappe. Fellow rookie QB Joe Milton was absent.

Curran was impressed with how Maye improved over the past week.

“He looked at me like he took a step forward from last week,” Curran said Wednesday Early edition. “He had more reps overall because Joe Milton, the other rookie, wasn’t there. But I liked some of the throws. The idea that he was a robot – which I embraced – or that he had a hitch was really true. If If I didn’t see that, I would give him an A-, B+ compared to what I would expect from him.”

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Perry agreed with Curran’s figure and was encouraged by the way Maye bounced back from some bad moments.

“I liked that we saw him struggle a little bit, very briefly,” Perry said. “On two of his first three snaps in 11-on-11 periods, we saw him miss an open receiver downfield – JuJu Smith-Schuster it looked like a small wheel route – just overthrew him four or five yards. Incomplete .

“On the next play, they actually broke a huddle for his third game of 11-on-11, had to reconvene because there was some sort of miscommunication, and then he proceeded to throw a tight end screen to basically no one, incomplete. But from that point on, he completed 14 of his next 16 passes, including what I think was the best throw of the day, which was a throw of about 40 yards to Tyquan Thornton along the football sideline even better.

“So I like that he started slow and then seemed to get his feet under him despite what happened early in training so he had a really strong day.”

In terms of rep distribution during the session, Maye continued as the apparent No. 3 QB on the Patriots’ depth chart.

“It was interesting. He got more 7-on-7 snaps than either of the two veterans. … He got more 7-on-7 work than the other two because he had the court all to himself, while Bailey Zappe and Jacoby Brissett shared a court during that 7-on-7 period.

“But in terms of the 11-on-11 stuff, we always saw Jacoby Brissett first and Bailey Zappe usually second and definitely got more 11-on-11 reps than Drake Maye. So he’s still running as the third man, It’s pretty obvious.”

The Patriots will continue OTAS on Thursday and Friday, followed by sessions June 3-4 and June 6-7. The mandatory mini-camp is scheduled from June 11 to 13.

Hear everything Curran and Perry had to say about Wednesday’s OTA session in the video player above.

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