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New England Patriots Talk: Media OTAs Kick Off In Foxboro

New England Patriots Talk: Optional Team Workouts Kick Off In Foxboro

As of today, OTAs for all 32 NFL teams with the media were officially underway. Every team had to work with their new players to get a feel for how well they will transition to the NFL. The Patriots were fully engaged today with all players attending with the exceptions of [Wide Receiver] Malcolm Mitchell, [Full Safety] Duron Harmon, [Kicker] Stephen Gostkowski and [Middle Linebacker] Dont’a Hightower all not attending.

Among the many players today, [Tight End] Rob Gronkowski was in full effort today. It seems that this will indicate that his back surgery that he had this past December is behind him and appears to have made a full recovery. With news of his re-structured contract, which if he plays up to his full ability, will become the most highest paid Tight End in the entire NFL.

One who was of particular note at the OTAs was [Cornerback] Malcolm Butler. With all the buzz around him this off-season, one would wonder what he would be thinking of how to approach the upcoming training camp, especially with him missing two weeks of voluntary workouts. When commented by the media about Butler’s struggle with contract disputes between him and the Patriots, he stated:

“The past is the past,” Butler said. “I’m just here to do a job and do anything to help the team win. Just moving forward. Whatever happens, happens.

“Just got to keep working. Ignore the noise and keep working no matter what. You’ve got a job to do no matter where you’re at. I’m glad to be here to do this job.”

While Butler seems to be pushing himself further, he has already been established as the #1 Cornerback on the team as he was selected to play 1-on-1 with new [Wide Reciever] Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints. With Stephon Gilmore playing against Julian Edelman fairly establishes where the two are on the depth chart. Overall, the OTAs for players looks promising despite the dreary overcast over Foxboro this morning.

And in other news, it seems that the Quarterbacks are all present and accounted for with Tom Brady leading the way and backed by Jimmy Garoppollo and Jacoby Brissett. Tom Brady overall had the best of the reps with 9 of 14 completions compared to Jimmy’s 7 of 13 and Brissett only getting 3 of 6 on completion drills today. The players are all likely to improve as summer comes closer and the weather improves. Hopefully, we will be seeing more improvement before cuts began, especially as the new NFL regulations now abolished the roster reduction to 75 players. Instead, teams now only have a ‘cut down day’, where they take a 90 man roster down to a 53 man roster. This will come after the fourth pre-season game and will be finalized within that week. Things will be tough especially a team this loaded for the reigning Super Bowl champions.

New England Patriots Talk: Media OTAs Kick Off In Foxboro
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