Thursday, July 26, 2012
Leftovers from Bill Belichick
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Soundbites and leftovers from Bill Belichick's opening news conference of training camp at Gillette Stadium:
Bill Belichick kicked off training camp by addressing the assembled media Thursday.
Opening remarks. "Welcome to training camp. Hope everybody had a good break. We're excited to get out on the field here today after the spring and the players off a little bit and coming back, the conditioning run and all that. We've had some guys here for as much as a week. Some other guys, since Monday. We have a long way to go. We'll take it one meeting, one day at a time, and see where that takes us. We have a few players that are at different stages in rehabilitation and we'll take those guys day-to-day. But most everybody is out there. We've had a little roster movement here over the last few days and I'm sure there will be a little more in the days to come. We don't have a full roster now, but if an opportunity comes up and we can find the right guy to finish out and add to our roster, we'll try to do that. Right now, we're a couple players under the limit."
On the signing of TE Visanthe Shiancoe. "Shank's a good football player. He's had a good career. He's been productive in two different organizations, for several different quarterbacks. He'll be competitive on our team. We'll see how it all turns out."
On the signing of DL Tim Bulman. "Tim had some production for the Texans. I think he might have led their team in sacks, or second in sacks, a couple of years ago. Active guy. Smart. He's in good condition. We'll see how it goes."
Plans for Day 1 at training camp. "Try to get off to a good start. It's training camp, so it's all about fundamentals, doing the little things right. Then building a base, adding on to it, as we can. I don't know exactly what rate that will be at. It will depend how it goes and how we do, what we're ready to handle."
Closing remarks. "Have fun out there today. Good to be back in camp."