Patriots coach Bill Belichick may have had more to say than most people expected when addressing the media for the first time since former tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder, but it's uncertain whether or not that it'll be the same from the players.
Patriots captains Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo and Matthew Slater will meet with the media Thursday -- the day before the entire team reports to training camp -- and it appears they've been called upon to directly speak of what has happened since the news about Hernandez was released.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran said the players may surprise him by saying a little more than usual as well, but probably won't say as much as Belichick in order to stay out of any legal situations.
"Well I didn't expect Belichick to be as open and sincere as he was on Wednesday, so my mindset that the players and captains would probably be tight-lipped might be off the mark as well, given that they are specifically being brought out to talk about it" Curran said. "Perhaps that's being done to protect the other 83 players in camp from having to face an onslaught of questions that's been addressed.
"My suspicion is they'll be a little less forthcoming than Belichick cause when it comes right down to it, these are the teammates of Aaron Hernandez. The things that are said that may in some way engender suspicion that they were more intimately involved with him could get them legally involved with the situation as well."