The New England Patriots have canceled their final practice of minicamps, which will leave them out of action until training camp begins in late July. Before anyone tries to tell you that this had anything to do with the Tim Tebow mania, remember that head coach Bill Belichick canceled the final minicamp practice last season as well.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:
Belichick must have liked what he saw during the Patriots’ nine-week run of offseason workouts, including the last four weeks of full-team practices. Attendance was high, with Brandon Spikes as the only player who chose not to participate in the voluntary portion, and today’s events are likely a reward.
Practices have been crisp, too. The defense came together quickly, while the offense is still a work in progress with an overhauled group of receivers and a beaten-up set of tight ends. But Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels still managed to run an efficient operation, so Belichick might have been pleased to see movement in the right direction.
It was just yesterday that Belichick said that his team has a long way to go, but he must be comfortable enough to move forward without another day of work.
This is Bill Belichick we are talking about, so let’s not question what he does. The Hoodie has a bigger plan.