Belichick: Pats well-stocked in leaders


Belichick: Pats well-stocked in leaders

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- With Week 1 getting closer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the teams captains, who havent been officially announced yet, and he responded by acknowledging New Englands solid leadership up and down the board.

I think we have a lot of good leadership on this team, regardless of who the captains are, said Belichick. Leadership will come from all the players who provide that.

When asked if Belichick ever tells players to take on more of a leadership role in the locker room, he said its just one aspect of the game that the coaching staff is telling its players to improve on.

I think we go to our players all the time and tell them what we want them to do, said Belichick. If theyre doing something well, we try and reinforce that. We tell them that theyre doing a good job with this, this is exactly what we want done, keep doing this, or this is something you need to improve on, or this is something that you could do better.

Sometimes we do that to more than one person, call them in collectively, and say, Look, heres something with you guys thats good, and heres something that isnt so good. . . . We try to coach them the best we can in all phases of the game.

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.