FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ first mandatory practice of minicamp was an uneventful one for fourth-year linebacker Brandon Spikes, who participated in just a handful of drills after being the lone no-show for voluntary workouts.
However, his session with the media following the workout was a bit more interesting.
Spikes passed on the opening eight weeks of team workouts, and chose instead to spend his time training at a private center in Florida.
“Honestly, I just felt like I was trying to put myself in the best position to compete for a spot on the team and also help this team win a championship,” Spikes said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Shalise Manza Young and Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Shalise Manza Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @shalisemyoung. Ben Volin can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on twitter @BenVolin.