Patriots offense, Carolina Panthers defense brawl in joint practice

FOXBORO — As Baker Mayfield dropped back in the pocket, Deatrich Wise came sprinting off the edge of the defensive line. With the 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman bearing down on him, the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback got the pass off just in time.

Unlike in a real game, the Patriots defensive lineman patted Mayfield on the back before talking to the quarterback.

“Playful trash talk,” Wise explained. “That’s kind of what I did. I walked past him and told him that I was here.”

The Patriots had plenty to smile about on Tuesday. Leading into the team’s first joint practice of 2022, the talk had been about Mac Jones, the offense’s struggles and who will be calling the offensive plays. By the end of this practice, it was clear that some of Jones and his offense’s struggles this summer were simply due to the Patriots’ defense being really, really talented.

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