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Bill Belichick says the Patriots have a long way to go

Posted Jun 18, 2014

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media following Mini-camp practice at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Q: You said this week that minicamp is kind of a continuation of OTAs. Is there anything more you can take away from this week?

BB: Just one day at a time; just grinding it out one day at a time.

Q: Is there a reason why Darrelle Revis wasn’t out there at practice today?

BB: All the players that are out there practicing are practicing and the ones that aren’t, aren’t.

Q: Anything particular to him though?

BB: There are a lot of guys that don’t practice today.

Q: Obviously with Ryan Mallett out, Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to get a lot of work out there. How beneficial have these two days been for him just getting some reps?

BB: He’s gotten a lot of reps, so he should be good.

Q: What have you learned about him in this first month that maybe you didn’t know before you drafted him?

BB: I don’t know. All the rookies have a long way to go.

Q: Are you impressed with where everybody is at this stage in the offseason?

BB: We have a long way to go. I don’t know.

Q: From afar, it looks like Garoppolo doesn’t have any problem lining up and running the play. Is that accurate, that he’s at least up to that level in his acclimation?

BB: I think all our rookies can do some things. The faster the wheel spins, the harder it is, but they’re trying. They’re working hard, so we’ll see how it goes.

Q: During this time of year between minicamp and training camp what are some of the stresses you have as a coach in terms of what the players may lose just by osmosis?

BB: I don’t know. It’s no different than the way it’s been for the last 40 years.

Q: What has been the same stress for the last 40 years? What are you concerned about?

BB: Well I mean, you’re not starting all over again. You have the same basic team that you had. The fundamentals; training camp, six weeks away from football. You have to start rebuilding.

Q: One more practice before summer vacation, more or less. Are you pleased with how the offseason has gone overall?

BB: I think overall the players have worked hard, yeah. They’re in relatively good condition and I think they’ve worked hard this year, yes.

Q: Any plans for team activities or to cancel practice tomorrow?

BB: Whatever we decide to do tomorrow, we’ll figure it out tomorrow.

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