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Great expectations await Patriots

Updated: July 25, 2012, 8:10 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots players will arrive on the fields behind Gillette Stadium shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday for the opening practice of training camp, the first sign that football season is, indeed, right around the corner.

And with it, for the Patriots, come some of the highest expectations of Bill Belichick's 13 seasons as the team's head coach. They are viewed by many as a top Super Bowl contender, with good reason.

They look loaded on offense, and after Bill Belichick ...

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