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New England Patriots Links 3/28/12 - Belichick Dishes at Coaches Breakfast: 'We'll See How it Goes'

<em>Yep, this is the BPA (best photo available) of Belichick at the coaches breakfast.</em>
Yep, this is the BPA (best photo available) of Belichick at the coaches breakfast.

Ian Rapoport describes the scene at the Coaches Breakfast yesterday and offers some updates from Bill Belichick on the status of the team.

"We look at all the players in free agency," Belichick said. "Some of them work out, some of them don’t. I don’t think it’s any big formula. We talk to a lot of players, period. Some of them we sign, some of them we don’t. We’ll eventually get a team together, go to camp, compete, see how it goes."

Seth Lakso noted Rob Gronkowski took time off from serving up Dunkin Donuts drive-thru orders to answer a couple of questions about the Gronkle.

"I’m like 6 1/2 weeks out of surgery and I’m just getting better every day, taking it week by week, day by day. I’m walking around now and everything’s on pace and hopefully I’m 100 percent when it comes down to the time that that’s where I’m supposed to be.’’

"Not sure when the boot is coming off,’’ said Gronkowski. "It’s still a couple weeks away and I’m just getting better every single day. Right now all I can do is upper body - sit-ups, pull-ups, and pushups. All that good stuff. I’m just going to have to make up for that in cardio and leg workouts when I get healthy.’’

Mike Reiss notes Deion Branch was a guest on WEEI Tuesday.

"It feels great [returning to the team]. Going into this year, and towards the end of the season, both sides had the same feeling," Branch told co-hosts Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni. "It was mutual that we wanted this to happen. Another thing, my family and kids wanted it to happen as much as me and the organization."

"I didn’t have that thought [of considering other teams]. I didn’t even want to allow that to creep into my mind," he said on WEEI. "My biggest thing is that I want to make sure I retire a Patriot, whenever that comes about, whether it’s two years from now, three years from now, who knows? That’s my goal, and once I sat down with coach [Bill Belichick] and the front office, they felt the same way."

"[Competition] brings out the best in you," he said. "That’s what it is all about. Competition is always good. I think going into this year, it’s going to be very exciting to see what this next receiving group will look like for next season. I’m very excited to get started within a couple weeks with the offseason program. I think that’s where everything starts, then it’s going to roll into minicamp and training camp."