“Significant group” of Patriots showed up for first week of offseason program

Cam Newton and Kendrick Bourne at Patriots West Off Season Work Out
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Eleven days ago, the Patriots announced that “many of us” won’t be attending offseason workouts. For the first week of Phase One, however, many of them did.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that a “significant group” of Patriots players showed up for the start of the voluntary program.

Per Reiss, participants included quarterback Cam Newton, tackle Trent Brown, tight end Jonnu Smith, receiver Jakobi Meyers, defensive back Jalen Mills, and receiver Kendrick Bourne. Multiple players posted images on social media of activities away from the facility.

“It was a reminder that one of the primary values of offseason programs is the chance to build in-person camaraderie,” Reiss writes.

And he’s right. Whatever the true motivation for players staying away from team facilities (last night’s videos of a maskless Tom Brady and teammates at the UFC event in Jacksonville reconfirms that the pandemic ain’t it), the teams whose players choose to participate in the offseason program will be better prepared to thrive when the season begins. That’s where the union brotherhood takes a back seat to the band of brothers that becomes a football team that tries to capture the prize for which 31 other teams will be vying.

Those whose players stay away will have proven a point, whatever that point may be. Those whose players show up will have a better chance to build a legacy that will be remembered years after the collective bargaining brouhaha of April 2021 is long forgotten by even the most zealous fans and the most plugged-in media members.

32 responses to ““Significant group” of Patriots showed up for first week of offseason program

  1. And those teams that are better prepared at the beginning of the season will have a better chance to win at the beginning of the season. Winning games early means you don’t have to worry about winning games later in the year when injuries and age are more likely to be factors!

  2. You just have to look to last season’s champions to see how important off season workouts and physically being around your teammates is.

  3. I said it from the beginning when the union tried to take such a weak stand when it came to “voluntary” workouts. Guys who haven’t made a roster, and aren’t guaranteed a job are going to be there, and guys who wanna be champions are going to be there, because you don’t become a winner by sitting at home. Cam in particular has a lot to prove after that horrendous year he had last year, and I have to believe that Bill saw enough this off season to believe that giving Cam another 1 year contract was worth the risk otherwise why in the world are you bringing him back

  4. That’s the “Patriot way” in full effect. You’d be a fool to think that that won’t give the Patriots a leg up on the competition, especially when you consider the personnel that showed up…Cam, with a bunch of his receivers.

  5. You’d be a fool to think that that won’t give the Patriots a leg up on the competition,

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    Of course, it will. EVERY coach wants to do it.

    Ask why other coaches couldn’t enforce it.

  6. Brady will continue to do much of what he learned in NE. Off season work will pay off during the season. It’s not just about individual physical fitness. It’s also about team chemistry and cohesion as a whole. It’s the kind detail Belichick attends to and many other teams still don’t get.

  7. The Bucs don’t have any new pieces. It’s a “knock off the rust” situation. New England has about 50% new starters. So they need the face to face time. They need to build the friendships when it is casual.

  8. It’s the kind detail Belichick attends to

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    If that was part of the reasons Patriots became dynasty, his defense wouldn’t have routinely collapsed in playoff.

    Take Butler’s interception as an example, there were lot of defenses that could stop Seahawks offense from scoring more than 24 points. With 28 point, Pats should have won easily. But the defense allowed Seahawks scoring a TD within 30 seconds before half time.

    That was a lucky Break for Belichick, not for Brady.

  9. Did anyone spot BB’s 1st round draft busts N’keal or Isaiah? Come to think of it, Isaiah is probably already on IR

  10. It’s comical when guys knock the Patriots and Belichick for super bowl victories.

  11. Cam isn’t dumb. He knows that his job isn’t a “guaranteed” one. Voluntary means required when you are a bubble guy, or girl. In sports and in careers. You best put in that work, especially since cams career is on life support.

  12. oldgrouch says:
    April 25, 2021 at 12:59 pm
    Brady will continue to do much of what he learned in NE. Off season work will pay off during the season. It’s not just about individual physical fitness.

    ***^

    Except if you are Albert Haynesworth, or the like…. then it absolutely is about physical fitness!

  13. Belichick’s 1st Round Picks

    1. Richard Seymour
    2. Vince Wilfork
    3. Logan Mankins
    4. Donta Hightower
    5. Chandler Jones
    6. Jerod Mayo
    7. Nate Solder
    8. Devon McCourty
    9. Daniel Graham
    10. Ben Watson
    11. Ty Warren
    12. Brandon Meriweather
    13. Isaiah Wynn
    14. Sony Michel
    15. Laurence Mauroney
    16. Malcolm Brown
    17. N’keal Harry
    18. Dominique Easley

    Did I miss any? Only 1 washout, Easley, with injuries a contributing factor. Too early to opine on Harry but it doesn’t look good. A couple of pedestrian players but at least 14 solid players, most picked at the back end of round 1. It’s bs that Belichick doesn’t draft well.

    He developed the GOAT but gets no credit from some because he drafted him in the 6th round, in bizarre logic.

    He also gets attacked for picking team oriented players.

  14. TL – it’s pretty well accepted that BB is not a great drafter. He’s not terrible, but his drafts fall in the middle somewhere.

    This is extensively discussed among Patriots fans and those who cover the Patriots. It’s not a “hater” take.

  15. kferguson2002 says:
    April 25, 2021 at 4:01 pm
    Patriots*

    * Greatest 20 year run in NFL history. Appeared in more Super Bowls than any other franchise despite working through the salary cap era.

  16. BF, it is incongruous that Belichick dominated two decades of NFL play at a time the league is structured to promote parity, while drafting poorly and won only because he lucked out with Brady.

    I am not speaking of you personally but too many are looking for anything to diminish Belichick’s success and will grasp at any hypothesis that supports their flawed theory that he is not great.

    Look at the list I posted. That’s above average first round drafting and he did it mostly at the bottom of the round. Bill wants guys that subjugate personal recognition for team success. Is it poor drafting to find those guys and win because they don’t stand out on a stat sheet that isn’t wins and losses?

    Bill certainly has a weak history in drafting receivers which he compensates for by trading for them and developing low level draft picks like Edelman and Givens. That’s an exception.

  17. Atta boys!!!! Let’s show up and practice and have some meetings! We are gonna have a good team this year! Let’s get better! We can compete in this division! Cam WILL be better this year. Have faith Patriot Nation!

  18. William Lee says:
    April 25, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    It’s the kind detail Belichick attends to

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    If that was part of the reasons Patriots became dynasty, his defense wouldn’t have routinely collapsed in playoff.

    Take Butler’s interception as an example, there were lot of defenses that could stop Seahawks offense from scoring more than 24 points. With 28 point, Pats should have won easily. But the defense allowed Seahawks scoring a TD within 30 seconds before half time.

    That was a lucky Break for Belichick, not for Brady.
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    Perhaps the Seahawks were a tough team too? Its a possibility worth considering.

    In any event, to say any team that got to a Superbowl game on the line moment was simply lucky demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the game or how tough it is really. Not only were the Patriots not lucky, the Seahawks weren’t unlucky either. What you saw there was the best of the league fighting down to the wire for a championship. Both teams completely earned their way to that point in the season by playing tougher football than their opponents and in that game they proved to be the toughest opponent for the other. Its a shame there even had to be a winner or loser at that point but such is sports. That game was why we watch football for the people that watch the game for the football.

  19. With no guaranteed contracts, middle of the roster players on down had better show up. Someone once said The NFL means not for long for many of the players.

  20. It’s a good list, TL, and I can’t argue w/ that take. The proof is generally in the results.

    My own view on it is that BB the coach generally makes BB the GM look pretty good. He can coach any roster in the league to around .500 minimum. The team he had last year – really, no true starting wideouts or TE’s, a QB having one of his worst years, among other flaws – was probably a 4-12 or 5-11 team w/ just about any other coach.

    But I do agree that it’s silly to try to diminish his accomplishments that way. The point is to win championships, and he has done that quite a bit.

  21. simply put once the rookies and those players on the fence for making the team show up and get all the vet reps along with a few well placed social media snippets those vets will start to worry that much cheaper options are available and will have no option but to show up. Most of the players ignored covid last year (just look at the end of every game) so in reality it is just an excuse to stay sitting at home playing video games most without personal coaches to keep them working out and staying shape.

  22. curtis20 says:
    April 26, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    Cam needs work on his jumping for fumbles.

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    Its pretty clear he has. He got tested on that last year and there was no hesitation. Trust me, I had my own questions and was watching for that too. But he did well.

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