Patriots call off Thursday’s practice

AP

Summer vacation is starting a day early for the Patriots.

The team announced Wednesday that Thursday’s final practice of minicamp and the offseason program has been cancelled, which means that the team will be off until they start training camp on a date that’s yet to be announced.

The final practice of the offseason featured some extra running for the team’s offense as coach Bill Belichick sent the unit’s players and coaches to run a penalty lap when they failed to keep up the pace that Belichick wanted them playing at during the session.

“It was a miscommunication and you have to move fast because that’s our offense — fast-paced,” wide receiver Brian Tyms said, via ESPN.com. “You’re trying to pick up the pace so the defense can’t see what we’re doing. We didn’t move fast enough and we have to be able to communicate in even the harshest of situations; when everybody is dead-tired and has nothing left, you still have to be able to communicate with each other and execute.”

With the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, it’s been a shorter offseason than most of their peers have enjoyed. Thanks to Deflategate, it’s also been a stranger one and the Patriots should return to work with a final answer on whether Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting at quarterback when they begin their title defense.

60 responses to “Patriots call off Thursday’s practice

  1. The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat,,,until another team can comprehend this concept..they will ALL be second best to the WORLD CHAMPIONS

  2. The Patriots are at it again! That tyrant Bill Belichick first doesn’t let Malcom Butler practice, now he CANCELS practice tomorrow for the entire team !

    No wonder his players hate him “Tom Jackson ESPN”

  3. Expect to see Brady at QB against the Steelers.He won’t serve a single game suspension.

  4. No matter. Everything they do and have done in the past is going to follow them.
    They will be known as cheaters to the world forever!

  5. Patriots coaches and management decided the time was better spent erasing hard drives and shredding evidence before the FBI pulls them into the hacking scandal.

  6. That makes no sense. Why did they cancel the last day? They did not cancel it because the team “failed to keep up the pace that Belichick wanted”.

    Belichick wouldn’t cancel practice because his team is too slow. So, this story is missing the “why”.

  7. It’s fun to watch the guilt ridden Pats fans work their agenda into every thread. This one … about a simple cancelled practice … should be priceless.

  8. Bet that their backroom will be hard a work looking for new ways to cheat the system.

    #somethingsdontchange
    #patsarefrauds

  9. It will be Brady starting. If Goodell knows what’s best he will overturn the 4 games. Otherwise a court will do it for him.

  10. The NFL is looking worse by the day. The Patriots obviously had nothing to do with altering ball pressure. So they fine Brady for cooperation as they did with Favre, if that makes haters feel good, and put this fairy tale to rest.

  11. I do not think it is possible to run a Sport Franchise with more efficiency than The 4X Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots!

  12. “With the Patriots winning the Super Bowl…”

    Dosen’t that sound GREAT !!!

    Go ahead – You can say it.
    Once you do, you will feel better and the lies of Goodell & Well$ will fade away. Your heart will leap with joy because the hate can no longer find a place to stay inside you.

    Now let’s get back there and do it again.

  13. Good idea – you don’t win football games on the practice field, you win them in Dr. Belichick’s laboratory. He probably wants to get back to that a day early. He has some new rules this year that closed some of his loopholes so he needs to find some new ones.

  14. Imagine waking up from a coma and being told the pats won the Superbowl after being accused of cheating again, but this time the colts accused them of taking a fraction of something called psi out of the ball with no direct proof or any evidence or even a clear answer as to where the accusation started from after getting beaten 45-7. Then in the Super Bowl they win on a last second interception from the half yard line by and undrafted rookie of West Alabama university. I don’t think it is possible to have a more satisfying ending.

    I would go the rest of my life thinking I had brain damage or was living in some type of alternate universe after awaking from the coma and probably not fully bealive what I was told ever.

  15. An amazing franchise. We all wish our team did it like the Pats. They are world champs.

    . . . . . . . .
    . . . () . . .
    . . . /\ . . .
    . .XLIX . .
    . . . . . . . . .
    they’re champs, and yes it hurts

    -colts fan

  16. r302112 says:
    Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM
    No matter. Everything they do and have done in the past is going to follow them.
    They will be known as the Greatest NFL Dynasty Ever to the world forever!

    Thank you for those kind words.

    –All Pats Fans.

  17. How can anyone say who is guilty of what. Brad isn’t talking and the workers that were fired aren’t talking. And they are the ones that now what happened.

  18. Belichick got nervous when he saw he was under the NFL’s microscope – figured he’d better quit before something else was discovered.

  19. At best, Brady’s suspension will be decreased to two games. He’s not going to get off scot free.

  20. Penalty lap for players and coaches. This just confirms that Bill Belichick has higher standards than other Head Coaches. BB is the best but he continues to raise the bar and is not afraid to use discipline.
    Yes, you may kiss the rings…

  21. Probably had a meeting instead to make sure every player has their story straight from here on out.

  22. Mike Reiss reports that Malcolm Butler looked excellent covering Julian Edelman, saying Butler seems to glide across the field.

    Belichick did it again.

    Sixth round, seventh round, street free agent, it doesn’t matter. Bill sees talent and develops it.

    The other big stories out of training camp is how good the twin towers, Gronkowski and Chandler, look and the two rookie 4th round guards that are getting every rep in practice. No team develops lineman from scratch as well as the Patriots.

    The haters are going to have more to hate in 2015.

  23. One less day of practice for the Pats and they will STILL dominate your team and you don’t even have the wisdom to understand why it happens year in and year out. So you need to fall back on pathetic “cheater” excuses, but you know in your darkened soul that that’s not the reason why.

    Pats > Your Team

  24. He’s just trying to give Brady more time to prepare for his appeal

    And let’s be realistic – he needs all the help he can get

    After all, aside from the fact that the footballs actually weren’t deflated, Goodell has presented a pretty strong case

    But the important thing is that Brady needs to produce his cellphone so the NFL can figure out WHY the footballs weren’t deflated

    That REALLY messed up their sting operation

    That’s really why he was suspended as we all know. Brady refused to cooperate with Goodell in fabricating a scandal.

    I hope he learned his lesson.

  25. FoozieGrooler says:
    Jun 17, 2015 5:46 PM

    Belichick got nervous when he saw he was under the NFL’s microscope – figured he’d better quit before something else was discovered.
    ——————————————————
    Foozie, Foozie, Foozie. I admire your effort, I really do. But son, you have no clue. Belichick fears no one. If that isn’t clear by now it never will be. He simply threw the team a bone. Been working them hard and eased off a bit. Come training camp time it will be full steam ahead to another eff you season which I for one can’t wait to see.

  26. This is the only team in professional sports where the coach simply gives the team a day off and fans of teams they’ve beaten twist themselves into a pretzel thinking it’s anything other than that, finding it somehow worthy to spend mental energy wondering what “evil genius” Bill Belichick is up to now…

    Perfect.

  27. Brady will serve all four games and drop it. There is too much conflicting testimony between TB, JM and JJ. He will not turn over any electronics.

  28. “The balls were over inflated. What choice did BB have?”

    I have seen this enough times to now ask. How could the Ref’s had made such a heinous mistake as to have overinflated a game ball by 3 PSI that one game?

  29. Perhaps the session was cancelled because someone let all of the air out of the footballs.

  30. r302112 says:
    Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM
    No matter. Everything they do and have done in the past is going to follow them.
    They will be known as the Greatest NFL Dynasty Ever to the world forever.

    Steelers of the 70s and 49ers of the 80s greater dynasties. But hey….third is not so bad.

  31. This is the only team in professional sports where the coach simply gives the team a day off and fans of teams they’ve beaten twist themselves into a pretzel thinking it’s anything other than that, finding it somehow worthy to spend mental energy wondering what “evil genius” Bill Belichick is up to now…

    Perfect
    ——————————

    No not really. Just curious as to the next Cheating scheme….

    Best Regards

  32. Every time I read a “cheating” comment I realize that:

    1. The Patriots success has gotten under the skin of yet another hater (you guys are SO angry)

    2. They come to the table with no facts to support their position

    3. Their team won’t be raising a banner in September

    Keep the comments coming haters. I guess this is just more enjoyable for you than discussing your own teams.

  33. Kind of devastating to the rookie free agents who want as much exposure as possible. But oh yeah, everyone seems to forget that this was the youngest team ever to win a Super Bowl. Loving the underdog role for once.

  34. They have to cross off videotaping and deflating from their list, so they need time to find the cheating edge in other ways – that work can’t be done on the practice field.

  35. The coaches didn’t have passwords to rival teams accounts so they were made to do laps.

  36. I can’t wait for the good olé’ days again; Ahh, those were the days! When you actually had leave your house to meet a young ladies. When having fun, actually meant, going out to meet your POSSE in person. The days when Republicans always started Wars and Democrats pretended to prevent them. And the the New England Patriots were always a Circus and the laughing stock of the NFL.

  37. these comments would be SOOOOoooo much different if the ‘Hawks had simply run the damn ball down the throats of the hapless Pats defense….

  38. Good job coach. It’s only mid June and you are fully entrenched in all the opposition’s (and media’s) craniums. Thanks for doing your job and bringing home the Lombardi this year. Best of times.

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