What Happened in 1-on-1 Pass-Rush Drills Throughout Patriots Training Camp

Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has been on of the team’s leaders in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills. Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

The New England Patriots just wrapped up the public portion of training camp, and that means no more live two-hour look-ins at practice.

But all summer long, we’ve done our very best to track the performance of the Patriots’ offensive and defensive linemen in 1-on-1 pass-rush drills. Why not deliver the goods?

Some caveats: We were able to record the results of all but three sessions of drills on the offensive line (two at Patriots-Redskins joint practices, one at Patriots practice) and all but two sessions on the defensive line (one at Patriots-Eagles joint practice, one at Patriots practice). It is also somewhat subjective, at times, as to who won and lost a matchup.


There’s also an element of teaching involved in the drill, where a player may be asked to try doing something he’s not comfortable doing in an attempt to expand his repertoire of moves. That, at times, can lead to failure.

That being said, our results are fairly close to complete, and we believe the results that we do have are accurate. Here’s a look at the results, with some thoughts after the jump.

Defensive line:
Sealver Siliga: 10-6
Jake Bequette: 9-6
Tommy Kelly: 8-2
Zach Moore: 8-12
Michael Buchanan: 7-7
Chris Jones: 7-9
Chandler Jones: 7-12
Marcus Forston: 6-13
Dont’a Hightower: 5-2
Rob Ninkovich: 5-6
Eathyn Manumaleuna: 5-7
Vince Wilfork: 5-9
Joe Vellano: 5-13
Dominique Easley: 4-2
Will Smith: 2-15
Jamie Collins: 1-2
L.T. Tuipulotu: 0-13

Offensive line:
Josh Kline: 12-6
Nate Solder: 11-6
Chris Barker: 10-8
Logan Mankins: 9-4
Sebastian Vollmer: 9-4
Jordan Devey: 9-8
Ryan Wendell: 8-7
Marcus Cannon: 8-8
Cameron Fleming: 8-11
Jon Halapio: 8-12
Braxston Cave: 6-4
Dan Connolly: 5-6
Bryan Stork: 2-2

— Jake Bequette did surprisingly well in these drills, notching victories over Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder in different practices. The Patriots need someone to step up at the defensive end spot, with so few options behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. That being said, Bequette’s role in the defense is a question mark now with the transition to a 3-4; he is not athletic enough to drop into coverage, and he’s a little small for a 3-4 defensive end.
— Sealver Siliga’s astounding record is an indication of how much his presence is missed. He quickly made a name for himself last season, and looked poised to assume a big role in the defense.
— Josh Kline has been an absolute force in these drills. He’s beat up on everyone, even notching a win over big Vince Wilfork at one point. Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio have been effusive in their praise of Kline this offseason, but those sentiments combined with his performance in these drills still haven’t been enough to earn him many opportunities to run with the first-team offense.
— The starting offensive line has been impressive in these drills. Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer finished with 9-4 records, and the two have been going up against top-notch competition for the most part this summer. The same goes for Nate Solder, who finishe 11-6 with many of his wins coming against Chandler Jones.
— The competition between Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell doesn’t get any clearer by looking at these results, at least in our collection of data. Connolly has earned more opportunities with the first team than Wendell has.
— It was not a good summer for the rookies in these drills. The only rookie to notch a winning record was Dominique Easley, who went 4-2 in the two days of drills we recorded. Cameron Fleming and Jon Halapio both finished with losing records, and Stork finished at an even .500 at 2-2.
— Dont’a Hightower hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to rush the passer in his first two years in the league, but the Patriots may be looking to get him more involved. He was only involved in these drills on a limited basis, but he hasn’t participated at all in years past. If the Patriots run a 3-4, Hightower could be a candidate as an outside linebacker, and would have plenty of opportunities to go one-on-one with offensive tackles and tight ends.
— To an untrained eye, Will Smith did not fare well in these drills, and finished with a record that reflected that. The veteran has a deep repertoire of pass-rush moves, but is coming off a torn ACL and has lost a lot of explosiveness that made him effective. Only twice in his career has he finished with 10 or more sacks. He has played most of his career in a 4-3 defense, and may be a square peg in a round hole in New England’s revamped 3-4.


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