The Patriots were at another location today watching film and holding team meetings as Gillette Stadium remained without power due to Tropical Storm Irene.
Today was a busy transaction day for the team as it tries to cut its roster to 80 players by tomorrow's league deadline at 4 p.m. Belichick addressed the decision to cut S James Sanders, among other moves today.
On James Sanders: "Tough release there with James Sanders. James has been a good guy to have on this team. A hard-working kid. He really has developed from the time he came to us as a draft choice from Fresno [State] and he's been a really solid team player for us but we just, part of the move, needed to release people. But he was a tough one."
On how important preseason games are for evaluation: "The more information the better. We're certainly working with less this year than we normally do without the workouts in the spring. But, again, everybody is dealing with the same thing there. It's nothing unique to our team. That's just the way it is. Yeah you'd like to have as many looks as possible, but in the end you have to do the best you can with the information that you have. That's what we'll try to do."
On Deion Branch: "Well I think Deion has had a good training camp. I think he's running well, good routes. He's catching the ball well in practice. I'm sure his opportunities and production will come, but I think he's had a good training camp."
On cutting CB Jonathan Wilhite: "Well Jonathan has been with us three years, going on four years. He primarily played in the slot. He played very capably. We just feel like there are other players ahead of him. If we could keep more, we would, but unfortunately we have to reduce the rosters so not everybody can be here."