FOXBORO -- The Patriots will hold their third OTA session of the spring on Thursday. It will be the first that is open to the media and will run for about two hours starting at 10:55 a.m.
Because the Bills made headlines this week with their media policies during OTAs, below is a quick reminder of what is allowed and what isn't at Gillette Stadium during OTAs.
The policies have gone essentially unchanged since last year. Live tweeting or blogging during the practice is prohibited during a closed practice like Thursday's, but tweets following the session are allowed. (During practices that are open to the public, like training camp sessions with fans in attendance, some live updates are permitted.)
Here are the rules in detail, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff . . .
Media attending practices during OTAs are asked to cooperate in observing the following practice policies:
1. Please do not report on strategy. This includes describing formations, personnel groups, first-team/second-team groupings and non-conventional plays.
2. Live streaming of any video during practice or open locker room periods to the Internet or any other social media platform while on team premises is prohibited.
3. Please do not quote, paraphrase or report the comments made by coaches or players during a practice session.
4. Please do not provide any live report updates during practice, this includes tweeting, blogging or posts to any social media platforms.
5. Please do not report on players who line up in positions different from the one listed on the roster.
If there are any questions regarding these policies during a practice session, please ask for clarification from a Patriots media relations representative in advance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Bills irked the Pro Football Writers Association earlier this week when it unveiled its new media policy for OTAs.
The team has prohibited referencing plays run or game strategy, including trick plays or unusual formations. It has also banned media members from reporting on personnel groupings, sub-packages, players who are practicing with individual units (first-team, second-team, goal-line offense, nickel defense, etc.), special plays, who is rushing the passer, dropped passes, interceptions, quarterback completion percentage and other statistical information.
PFWA president Jeff Legwold wrote an email to the Associated Press this week that called the policy "a vast overreach of the guidelines in the [NFL’s] current media policy" and "not only unnecessary, it is not in compliance."