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Double duty — Matt Patricia, Joe Judge share play-calling duties in preseason opener for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matt Patricia and Joe Judge split offensive play-calling duties in the New England Patriots’ 23-21 loss to the New York Giants in Thursday night’s preseason opener, adding a new wrinkle to a hot topic at the squad.

Head Coach Bill Belichick has not named an official offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels, but is primarily relying on Patricia, whose title is Senior Football Advisor/Offensive Line Coach, and Judge, whose title is Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks Coach.

Patricia called games for the first two series with veteran Brian Hoyer as quarterback Thursday night, then Judge took over when rookie Bailey Zappe entered the game.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to do that,” Belichick said.

When asked if he knows who will be naming games when the regular season comes around, Belichick said, “Don’t worry about it. We’ll sort it out. … We are going through a process. Just like everything else on this team.”

Patricia and Judge both practiced from the touchline, and when defense was on the field, Patricia would often huddle to the line while Judge was with the quarterbacks.

Hoyer downplayed the dramatic plot.

“I just listened to my helmet and called the piece I was told. So whether it’s Matt or Joe or whoever it is, I’m not worried about that [that]. I’m worried about what defense they’re running and how we’re going to run the game.”

The Patriots, resting starting quarterback Mac Jones and most of their starters, finished the tournament with 308 net yards of offense.

Hoyer was 5-of-8 for 59 yards with a touchdown in his two series, while Zappe was 19-of-32 for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception against a Giants defense that in a game that called all the Flashes in a game that traditionally did not call for such game plan elements.

When asked how the communication was with Patricia and Judge Calling Plays, Belichick said, “I wasn’t thinking [it] was a problem… i thought we were quick on the ball, had plenty of time to operate. We had to make it audible a few times and we were able to. There is a lot of room for improvement. I’m not saying we’re there, we’re on the way there.”

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Emma Bowman

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