FOXBOROUGH -- Longtime Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was a guest at this morning's training camp practice.
After the Patriots stretched, Bill Belichick called the players together and introduced Shanahan.
"He said that he wasn't here as a media guy or a coach, he's just here out of mutual respect, because they had a lot of good battles," relayed rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer, when asked about the message.
Hoyer said he couldn't hear Shanahan -- "I was kind of in the back because I'm a rookie" -- but he thought he heard Shanahan thank the players for the opportunity.
Shanahan, who last week attended Pittsburgh Steelers training camp practices, spent time speaking with Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese and owner Robert Kraft at the practice.