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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Belichick: Big day for OL & DL

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a news conference for the third straight day at training camp, and the topics got in to some of the nitty-gritty aspects of the team.

Some soundbites and highlights:

1. What changes in full-pads practice. The Patriots have their first full-pads practice of training camp and Bill Belichick explained that it helps coaches add another layer to their evaluation of players “with some of the bigger linemen and people like that. We’ll see how some of our guys and their work in the offseason – whether it’s gain strength and explosion and power and all that, how that all transfers to the football field in a functional manner. We’re evaluating our younger players to see what their capacity is for that.”

2. Quarterbacks wearing mini-cameras on their helmets. The club is trying something new this year, with mini-cameras affixed to the helmets of their quarterbacks (possibly tapping into Lonie Paxton's business?). “It’s something we haven’t done before so we’ll take a look at it and see how effective it is or what we’ll get out of it," Belichick said. "I’m not sure how effective that will or won’t be, it’s something we’re trying that’s a little bit new. We’ll see how it goes.” Belichick added that the idea is rooted in finding any way coaches can instruct players in a better way.

3. LB Fletcher’s movement skills and speed at a good level. Reserve linebacker Dane Fletcher missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game, and Belichick was asked about his progress. “Dane was out there all spring, he didn’t miss anything in the spring. I think his movement skills and speed and all those things are at a good level. We’ll start the contact process for him and the other veterans that just reported on Thursday, and so we’ll work through that part of it. So far, I don’t think he’s had any physical limitations to what we’ve done. But we’re starting another phase of that today.”