Detailing the practice itinerary

June, 12, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots turned the page on their offseason from organized team activities to a three-day mandatory minicamp, which began Tuesday afternoon on the practice fields at Gillette Stadium.

The following is a rundown of how the team spent its time during the roughly 90-minute session:

12:15 p.m.: Stretching and warming-up as a team.

12:25: Continued stretching and warming up in groups, mostly broken down by position.

12:32: Individual position drills (i.e. offensive line focusing on footwork, quarterbacks and wide receivers working on routes)

12:38: The offensive line, tight ends and a handful of the running backs worked on the running game, walking through plays against a “look team” defense made up of extra offensive players. The quarterbacks and wide receivers, as well as the remaining running backs, worked in a group on more routes. Defensively, the linebackers and defensive line worked with their position coaches on what looked to be a focus on run fits, while the secondary worked on route recognition.

12:43: The offense came together for a team run period, while the defense was split up into two groups. The secondary continued working on route recognition, while the defensive line and linebackers worked run fits.

12:54: First special teams period. The players were split into four groups and focused on punt blocking, with the players deflecting a ball from the hands of a coach who simulated a punt coming off of a foot.

1:00: The offensive skill players worked routes on air, while the linebackers and secondary worked route recognition. The offensive and defensive lines worked with their respective coaches separately.

1:05: 7 on 7, featuring two separates groups, for roughly six plays. The offensive and defensive lines worked with their respective coaches separately.

1:11: Second special teams period, with a continued emphasis of punt-blocking fundamentals.

1:17: More 7 on 7 (this time with just one group). The drill was moved around the field, including some red zone work.

1:36: Team 11 on 11 drills. This extensive period included no-huddle offense, slowed down offense, and moving around the field.

1:57: Third special teams period, with a focus on the punt return team. The team ran through a handful of repetitions.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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