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Belichick: No telling how ready the Patriots are

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 2, 2011 12:12 AM

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Bill Belichick doesn't think you can ever tell if a team is ready for the regular season. After the Patriots' 18-17 loss to the New York Giants in the final preseason game, there still wasn't much to glean from its outcome on the team's readiness for Miami, according to the coach.

"I don't think you can ever tell," Belichick said. "It takes about three or four regular-season games before you really know what you've got. Without any game planning in preseason, it's hard to tell."

Belichick was asked about the number of positions that were up for grabs and whether some players had secured spots.

"I don't know. We'll do the best we can to make up the team and put together the best squad we can," Belichick said. "There's always a lot of player movement this time of the season.''

The coach also talked about how much should be read into the order in which players play.

"Well, I think some of that is reflected by the way it was played last week," he said. "We want to see different people with different people on our team and against different people with our opponents. You just evaluate the way they play. I think that's the most important thing -- to look at what players do, when they're on the field -- on the practice field and game field -- and evaluate their performance. And that's what we try to do, whether it's early, late or in between or whenever it is."

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