Bill Belichick gave a shoutout to a forgotten New England delicacy

"We're not having watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that."

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick at the podium before Patriots practice on Aug. 20, 2018. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Update: Belichick clarified his comments during a conference call Friday. He said he was referring to a lawn game involving watermelons, not the Friendly’s “Wattamelon Roll.” 

FOXBOROUGH — A summer at Gillette Stadium isn’t just fun and games.

“We’re not having watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that,” coach Bill Belichick told reporters before practice Tuesday. “We’re working on football.”

A watermelon roll — officially branded “Wattamelon Roll” by Friendly’s — is a sherbet-ice cream hybrid that, when cut, looks like a semicircle slice of the classic summer fruit. The “rind” is lemon sherbet and the “seeds” are chocolate chips.


But Belichick isn’t preoccupied with the details of the seasonal treat.

He’s focused on establishing New England’s 53-man roster — a task that involves monitoring the decisions of other organizations. The Patriots have already released a handful of players, but the league’s official cutdown is Saturday.

“I think we can look at a lot of rosters, our rosters, and other rosters that we’ve studied and say, ‘If this player makes the roster and this other player is released to the league, then there’s going to be a lot of action on that player,'” Belichick said.

Within the group of released players, Belichick said there is another subcategory of players that will probably find a role on a practice squad as opposed to a roster. When evaluating who is available, Belichick said the staff looks at players from all 31 teams, but they “absolutely” already have an idea of who could be an option.

Prior to roster cuts, Patriots on the bubble will have one last chance to impress in their final preseason game Thursday against the New York Giants.

The team will have a week off before the regular season kicks off Sunday against the Houston Texans. Maybe then they’ll get to sample a taste of a “Wattamelon Roll.”