New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke with reporters Tuesday during a minicamp press conference and updated the media on the progression of the team.
“Well, this is the official minicamp but really it’s just a continuation of what we’ve been doing for the last 10 practices over the past three weeks,” Belichick said. “So, we’re just trying to keep moving ahead here, installing some of our plays, trying to get everybody on the same page with the new players and some of the players that are back. Obviously we’ve made some adjustments and changes from what we were doing last year. We’ll try to keep building on that and try to put ourselves in as good a position as we can to be ready to go at training camp.”
From the team’s official website:
Q: How would you evaluate Rob Gronkowski’s offseason so far?
Belichick: All the players that aren’t participating fully in the OTAs are in their rehab and they’re all at various stages. Rehab is a process that each day is a different day. When you can move ahead, you can move ahead. When you can’t, then you back up until you can move ahead and then you move ahead. That’s what rehab is. We’ve all been through it. Players that are involved in it, they’re working as hard as they can. We’ll see how it all goes. It’s not a straight line. Some days are better than others for everybody.
Q: What do you see out of Asa Watson and Justin Jones? Jones has the size of somebody like Rob Gronkowski. Would you say he fills that position in the tight ends group?
Belichick: I don’t know. We’ll see. Give him a chance to participate out there and see how he comes along. Training camp and everybody will get an opportunity to play. We’ll see who does what. Whatever the players do, they’ll earn, whatever they achieve they’ll have to earn to achieve. I don’t know how that’s going to come out. Guys that are out there will get a chance and we’ll evaluate their performance and we’ll see how it goes. I don’t know.
Q: What have you learned about Darrelle Revis that you didn’t know from just watching him?
Belichick: Anytime you have personal contact with a player, you get to know the player. Revis is a good player. I’m glad we have him. We’ll keep working with him. There’s still a lot for him to learn; a new system and all that. He’s a very experienced and accomplished player. We’ll just try to fit him into the things that we’re doing, both individually and collectively with his other teammates in the secondary, especially as we get into multiple defensive back groups, where five, six, however many of them are on the field at the same time, there’s a lot of communication and adjustments, things like that, involved too. But he’s worked hard and he’s done fine.
Q: Would you say Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins have made a lot of progress this offseason?
Belichick: I think all the guys in that class have definitely made a jump from last year to this year. Josh wasn’t even on the field, so that goes without saying. KT, they’re all further along. Those guys are, but so are all the rest of the rookies that we had last year, whether we drafted them or guys like Chris Jones that came in during the season. They’re all much further ahead than where they were last year.