Curran: How Maye ‘took a step forward’ in Wednesday’s OTA practice

Curran: How Maye ‘took a step forward’ in Wednesday’s OTA practice originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Drake Maye is starting to find his footing with the New England Patriots one month after being drafted third overall.

Our Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry were in attendance for 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 came away impressed with how Maye improved over last week.

“He looked to me as if he took a step forward from last week,” Curran said on Wednesday’s Early Edition. “He had more reps in totality because Joe Milton, the other rookie, wasn’t out there. But I liked some of the throws. The notion of him being robotic — which I espoused — or him having a hitch, really wasn’t seeing that. I’d give him an A-, B+ relative to what I would expect from him.”

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Agreeing with Curran’s grade, Perry was encouraged by how Maye rebounded from a couple of low moments.

“I liked the fact that we saw him struggle a little bit, very briefly,” Perry said. “In two of his first three snaps in 11-on-11 periods, we saw him miss an open receiver down the field — JuJu Smith-Schuster it looked like on a little wheel route — just overthrew him by four or five yards incomplete.

“The next play, they actually sort of broke a huddle for his third play of 11-on-11, had to re-huddle because there was some sort of miscommunication, and then he proceeded to throw a tight end screen to basically no one, incomplete. But from there, he completed 14 of his next 16 passes including what I thought was the best throw of the day, which was about a 40-yard throw to Tyquan Thornton down the sideline. You couldn’t have handed him the football any better.

“So I like that he started out slow and seemed to then get his…


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