The Patriots open their 2008 training camp today -- with scheduled practices at 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. -- and here are a few things to keep in mind:
Weather conditions. When the team moves its practice inside the Dana-Farber Field House, primarily due to wet weather, there is no access to the public. For those planning on attending a practice, it's always a good idea to check the schedule before departing for Gillette Stadium -- either on Patriots.com, or by calling the club's hotline (508-549-0001).
Physically unable to perform list. Most every NFL team begins the year with a few players on the "active" physically unable to perform list. What this means is that the player is not yet physically ready for practice -- either due to injury, or perhaps for not passing the team's conditioning test. The player can come off the list at any time during training camp and resume practice. This is different than the "reserve" physically unable to perform list, which knocks players out for a minimum of the first six weeks of the season.
Our plan of attack. Similar to the spring mini-camps, the plan here will be to post updates following each practice with some observations of note.