Brady: Patriots camp 'different'; tough on rookies

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Brady: Patriots camp 'different'; tough on rookies

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spoke to the media following Fridays practice atGillette Stadium, and described the shortened camp as being quite a bitdifferent than normal years.

It would be a tough year to be a young player, to come inand learn what theyre doing, said Brady. But theyre trying the best theycan. Were making plenty of mistakes, but were trying to get them corrected,so we can move onto other things.

With the shortened schedule because of the lockout, Bradysaid the team needs to put in extra work to get caught up.

The learning curve has to just be so fast, said Brady.You cant come out here and have a bad practice, because look, you dont havemany of them. Were not on the field for two-and-a-half, three hours. It goesfast out there.

Today we did a little bit more. Finally were getting intothe goal line. In the spring time, in a normal year next year, our whole goalline package will be installed. And just now, guys are getting into it for thefirst time.

One player seeing it for the first time is rookie offensivelineman Nate Solder, who practiced for the second time with the team on Friday.

I mean, he just got out there yesterday, so, likeeverybody, hes trying to figure out whats going on, said Brady. Hes tryingto figure out all the terms, and this is nothing like what hes done before.

Weve all got to get through these practices and learn fromour mistakes. Its tough for those rookies. I wouldnt want to be a rookie thisyear.

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."