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
“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.”