New England Patriots Links 8/22/12 - Patriots in Tampa For Joint Practices

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Field Yates notes Bill Belichick stressed another "big week" ahead for his team, starting with joint practices prior to Friday's exhibition game in Tampa.

"It’s another big week for us, in terms of working three days against Tampa, seeing the different players, different style of play, working out in different conditions than what we’re used to and all that," Belichick said. "[It’s a] good opportunity for us to improve our football team, and we’ll try to take advantage of each of these days and make the most out of it."

"As a coach, you try to do what’s best for your team," he said [when asked about joint practices]. "And if you feel like you can do something that can benefit your team, then you consider doing it. And [if] it works out, and you can, the logistics and the timing -- whatever other circumstances are involved -- you’re going to work it out to the point that it’s beneficial for your club, then that’s something that I would want to do."

Bill Belichick is asked to assess the center position and Monday night's rotation.

Part of what we look for in the offensive line are some players who have position flexibility and also there's competition for that starting center position. We had four guys play it last year and they all did a pretty good job. We've also worked Donald [Thomas] in there a little bit to give him some flexibility from playing the two guard spots. So it's a combination of all those things – it's a combination of competition for the position and also for flexibility for guys to play multiple positions so they increase their value to our overall team but also to, if they're not starting, to being active for the game as one of the backup offensive linemen that has position flexibility. It's all that's going on.

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