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Belichick: 'It's a teaching camp'

Posted by Albert Breer  June 17, 2010 02:07 PM

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We've talked about "creating competition" and "leaving here on a high note" in this minicamp, and offseason in general.

But after today's practice, and maybe in light of these sessions being a sensitive subject league-wide, Patriots coach Bill Belichick downplayed all of that.

"It's not a competitive camp," Belichick said. "It's a teaching camp. That (competition) is what training camp is for."

So what can the Patriots, so many of whom will scatter about for the next six weeks or so, take from their time here?

"I think everyone should have the same attitude," Belichick said. "We have learned some things that we can feel good about. There are plenty of things we need to work on. I hope we will work on those things between now and training camp."

And so ends this June minicamp. Some good, some bad, lots of work left to do ... And a ton of practices left to do that work before things get going in September.

"I felt the players have worked hard," Belichick said. "We have a good number of practices which have been competitive, but they are still at a good teaching progression. We got a lot of people a lot of reps which will do us good in the long run -- seeing guys in different positions and those sort of things.

"We'll evaluate where we are at -- coaches players -- individually and collectively. I think we have a good foundation going into training camp and that's what we are hoping for. We'll be ready for training."
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