<
>

Practice count hits 37 for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots are holding what Bill Belichick called their "last preseason practice" Tuesday afternoon, and it's the 37th overall workout since camp began July 29.

By the end of the year, the team will have a maximum of 120 practices, Belichick said.

Today's practice was initially scheduled to be held inside Gillette Stadium, but Belichick switched it to the upper fields behind the stadium because he wanted the team to have more space.

Asked if the team has gotten done what it hoped to accomplish, Belichick said the real answers won't come until the regular season. He did mention that all the installation the coaching staff wanted to accomplish has been completed.

A few other nuggets from Belichick:

Roster moves will be finalized by 4 p.m. The team has to trim its roster to 75 and Belichick said the moves will be announced after the 4 p.m. deadline.

High praise for Brian Hoyer. Belichick looked back on 2009 training camp and how Brian Hoyer made a quick impression. The comments came after Belichick was asked if rookie Zac Robinson is at the same point Hoyer was at this point last year, with Belichick saying that Robinson hasn't had as much opportunity as Hoyer did. "Brian did things pretty well pretty quickly. Brian, Matt Cassel, those guys set the bar at a pretty good level," Belichick said, adding that it's hard to compare players' rate of development.

Impressions of Tyrone McKenzie. Belichick was asked his impressions of second-year inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and said he thinks he's had a good camp. "Tyrone has done a good job in his assignments, his reactions. Kind of being away from football, I think that's something that a guy like that -- who hasn't played in the league -- has to re-gain or gain in the first place. He's done that," Belichick said. "He's involved in a lot of things, defensively, special teams, calling signals, making adjustments -- he has a pretty full plate. I think he's handled it well. He's a poised kid. He doesn't get rattled. He has a good focus. He still has a lot to learn, a long way to go, but I'd say he's handled all those things pretty well."