FOXBORO -- Monday’s training camp session is New England’s last at home before its August 9 preseason game against the Eagles. Bill Belichick’s team will travel to Philadelphia tonight and have joint practices for the next two days.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some different faces, different jerseys,” the coach said at his morning press conference.
“This will be a big week for all of us to see how we can pull things together from a team standpoint, as well as each one of us individually working on our development at this point in the season.”
The Patriots were heavy on situational installation last week, focusing on things like red zone, two-minute and goal line situations. It all culminated Saturday in several hours of scrimmaging.
Working against Philly will give Belichick different looks at his own players, which helps round out his perspective of what he’s working with. But that doesn’t mean this pair of practices is make-or-break for prospective Patriots.
“Practices, scrimmages, situations, preseason games, 1-on-1’s -- it’s all in one big pot,” he explained. “One good play or one bad play, I don’t think, is going to change the evaluation too much. Each player has got his own body of work from the season, including going back to the spring, and we’ll try to look at the whole picture of what that player’s done.”
The week actually sounds relatively casual. Belichick isn’t outlining much with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly beyond general goals and logistics. They’ve communicated about certain drills they want to run and where they want certain guys to be. Beyond that? Just snap the ball and see what happens.
“Once we have the basic parameters of it, then we’re just playing football," Belichick said. "And we have to react to what they do just like in game situations, and vice versa. I think that’ll be good for the players, the coaches.
“We’ll have to make adjustments down there; they’re running a new coaching staff, new scheme, new system, they have some new players. We’re not really doing a whole lot of scouting and preparation for them. We’ll just see what we get out there and we’ll have to react to it and adjust to it, but I think that will be good for us as well.”