Mike Reiss reports the rookie mini-camp schedule from a media perspective, and offers a quote from Bill Belichick from last year that sums it up.
10:15-11:15 a.m. -- Morning practice (closed to public)
11:15 a.m. -- Player interviews on field
Noon -- Bill Belichick press conference
2:45-3:45 p.m. -- Afternoon practice (closed to public)
"It’s kind of the ultimate contrast from the last game of the year, when you’ve been working with the guys [on] game plans, [and on] real sophisticated stuff. This is kind of the other end of the spectrum and [that] is what we will build toward," Belichick said.
"It’s good to have some new faces out there and its fun as a coach to be working on some fundamentals and some real basic things, which they all need. It’s a good reminder for how far some of our veterans have come and hopefully where these guys will progress to - some of these spots. It’s a long way to go. One step at a time, and we’re underway."
Mike Reiss talks with former Patriot LB Ted Johnson, who recalls his experience at mini-camp.
"We were in one-on-one drills and here I am, the second-round pick, feeling good about myself," Johnson recalled. "They match me up against this guy named Curtis Martin. He hadn't played his last year at Pitt, and it's my job to stick with him man-to-man. I just got torched."
Ex-Patriot reflects on his departure from New England, his decision-making process of going to Denver and leaving his friends.
[On what it was like playing for Bill Belichick] He was a guy that demanded a lot each and every day and I think every day when you came into the locker room, the meeting room, on the field, you had that nervous itch, that feeling of trying to impress someone, trying to impress coach Bill every day because he wanted 100 percent out of everybody. There's no such thing, getting perfection, but close enough.
[On if he would recommend another free agent like himself to go to New England] I would say, 'go.' If you want to become a football player, all around, and know the game in and out, and be a student of the game in the classroom, go. But it's not gonna be easy.
- NFL Total Access: Mike Mayock sits down with Bill Belichick to talk about his draft experience. (13.36 min. video) Pretty cool.
- PFW Rookie Mini-Camp coverage schedule.
- Albert Breer runs down the rookie minicamp roster.
- Ian Rapoport reports it's time for the rookies to show their stuff. As Belichick observed, "Hopefully, there’s even a player that we’re not talking about now that will help our football team."
- Mike Reiss briefly describes the eight rookie free agents recently signed by the Patriots.
- Tom E. Curran takes a closer look at the Patriots' undrafteds.
- Shalise Manza Young reports Devin McCourty draws plenty of accolades off the field.
- Christopher Price reports Devin McCourty traveled a long road to Foxboro.
- Jim Donaldson looks at whether Jermaine Cunningham will be able to take Adalius Thomas' spot at OLB .
- Tom E. Curran analyzes how the Florida players have done in the NFL in the recent past, tracking 35 Gators drafted in the first four rounds.
- Michael Hurley highlights Bill Belichick's pre-draft interview with Mike Mayock. Belichick reveals secrets of drafting Tom Brady and more.
- Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat. Great insight here from Mike, as usual.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Moss-Holt form statistical rarity for Pats.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) Who is best at the NFL Draft? 1A) Bill Belichick. 1B) Scott Pioli. 2) Bill Polian.
- Kerry J. Byrne (Cold Hard Football Facts) Belichick umpteen-uples down on DBs in the draft.
- Wes Bunting (Nat'l Football Post) The best round two picks. Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes worth noting.
- Andy Benoit (NY Times) Top Ten Best defensive tackles in the NFL. Vince Wilfork at number 3.
- Wes Bunting (Nat'l Football Post) Daily Scouting Report: Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski, drafted by the in the second round.
- Matt Schuckman (Quincy Herald-Whig) Pittsfield native John Wise to sign free agent contract with New England Patriots.
- John Supinie (State Journal-Register) Dad's recovery motivates Wise. Illini wrestler's father better after '08 accident.
- Terry Toohey (Delaware County Daily Times) Main Line the right place for Ross Ventrone.
- Nolan Nawrocki (Pro Football Weekly) Ravens, Patriots stand out on draft weekend. Pats earn an A.
- Adrian Hasenmayer (Fox Sports) NFL post-draft power rankings. Pats 10th. (yawn)
- Jack Bechta (Nat'l Football Post) Ten things every rookie should know.
- letter to 2010 NFL rookies. (SI) An open
- Jack McCluskey (ESPNBoston) QB Dominic Randolph, who broke records at Holy Cross, takes his chances with Giants.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) It’s trust that counts: have new players, but believing in each other is what matters.
- Jason Whitlock (Fox Sports) Ireland went too far trying to get personal.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) NFL interview coach: No question off-limits.
- Pat Kirwan (NFL.com) Patience proved to be a virtue for several teams at the draft.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Does NFL Commish have too much power?
- Dan Graziano (NFL Fanhouse) rookie wages an easy target. makes