Belichick pleased with Patriots ground game vs. Titans


Belichick pleased with Patriots ground game vs. Titans

FOXBORO -- After looking at the game film of Sunday's 34-13 win over the Tennessee Titans, Patriots coach Bill Belichick reacted to some of the good and the bad on Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Belichick liked what he saw from running game, and more specifically, from Stevan Ridley and his 125-yard performance against the Titans. But he still sees room for improvement.

"I thought Ridley ran hard," said Belichick on Monday. "He had some good runs. He had some other runs that we talked about, that could have gone better. I thought he finished runs and ran hard, and broke a couple tackles in the secondary.

"Overall, we just need to be more consistent with the running game," added Belichick. "We still left some yards out on the field, plenty of them, for one reason or another. It's a combination of everything."

Clearing the way for Ridley was an offensive line that, for the most part, pleased Belichick with its play. The head coach pointed out that the line wasn't one of the team's biggest issues, which is always a good thing for any offense.

"I thought, overall, our offensive line did a decent job, not perfect," said Belichick. "There's certainly a lot of things we can work on. But, I thought overall, I felt like it was OK.

"Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer split those reps at tackle pretty evenly. They both played that spot. They were OK. A couple things could have been better, but overall, it wasn't a big problem area or anything."

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.