FOXBORO, Mass. — A handful of new Patriots players were absent from New England’s latest training camp practice.
Defensive tackle Christian Barmore, kicker Nick Folk, special teamer Cody Davis, wide receiver Devin Ross and defensive back D’Angelo Ross were not active participants at the start of Thursday’s practice, the team’s eighth of camp.
Folk, a 2020 standout, is looking to hold off undrafted rookie Quinn Nordin and keep his roster spot. The Patriots traded up to select Barmore in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He suffered an apparent foot/ankle injury late in Tuesday’s practice but seemingly was a full participant Wednesday.
Davis is a core special teamer. Both Rosses are roster long shots.
Those five joined center/guard Ted Karras (fifth straight absence), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (second), defensive tackle Akeem Spence (second) and the nine players currently on a reserve list, all of whom have yet to take the field this summer:
Physically unable to perform:
QB Jarrett Stidham
CB Stephon Gilmore
TE Dalton Keene
OLB Chase Winovich
DT Byron Cowart
LB Cameron McGrone
S Joshuah Bledsoe
TE Devin Asiasi
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy continued to practice in the red non-contact jersey he’s worn since the start of camp. The full-pads practice was held amid heavy rain outside Gillette Stadium, creating slick conditions for Patriots players.