The New England Patriots are prepping for the second road trip to Detroit to play the Lions and on Tuesday afternoon Bill Belichick had his usual press conference at 1:45 p.m. and offered up some details surrounding their upcoming preseason contest.
Some of the highlights included:
Bill Belichick addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon prior to the team leaving for Detroit. (FILE:USPresswire)
Danny Amendola Injuryâs Status- Asked about what his availability was, Belichick would only say that Amendola was day-to-day.
Closing in on a regular season schedule- âWeâre not really on a regular season schedule yet,â Belichick said. âBut weâre closing in on it, this is a typical Friday type day, so weâll practice situations, tag things together for the Lionsâ game, fly out tomorrow and play on Thursday he said. âShort week with the turnaround but we can work on this for the regular season,â he added.
3rd Game Dress Rehearsal- Asked about the third game being a dress rehearsal type game for the regular season or with all the joint practices would he plan to play more of the players on the bubble, Belichick said, âI think theyâre still a lot to be said about playing a game prior to the start for the regular season for the players to play, come in at halftime and go out and play again,â he said. âItâs a good experience.â
Asked about evaluating the total body of work that he alluded to at yesterdayâs press conference, Belichick said, âItâs tough, sometimes during a preseason game you can have an aberrationâŠ.but Iâm not saying preseason games are not important but you look to get a good evaluation and a good evaluation may be the most important one.â
On Leon Washington- âHe hasnât gotten a lot of opportunities but heâs done everything weâve asked him to do and has worked hard, has a great attitude, great leadership for our team and the running back group.â
On âDoing Your Jobâ- Asked if sometimes bubble players can be doing âtoo muchâ Belichick answered, âI hope notâŠwe always try to tell our players what is expected of them. Itâs important with the situation theyâre in about how they actually prepare.
Kyle Arringtonâs Development- Asked about the change in Arrington since heâs arrived in Foxboro, Belichick said, âA tonâŠKyleâs one of our most dependable players has been out there a lot and has come a long way from the practice squad.â
âHeâs played on the corner, moved inside, always a strong role in the kicking game, his reads, and techniques on what weâre doing and what our opponents are doing has improved every year.â
Belichick expounded upon that and said the corner group as a whole is much more versatile than the team has had in the past in terms of being able to play inside and outside.
Running Back/Punting Competitions- Belichick talked about each of the players having unique skills and each players have their own strengths. âItâs interesting,â he said. âItâs a talented group, they all have good strengths, running it, catching it, returning it âŠTheyâre all a little bit different in styleâŠ.Its good, the diversity really helps the overall depth you have on your team but it is difficult to evaluate.â
On Detroit- âTheyâve always had good backs, receivers and can hurt you in a number of different ways,â he said. âIf you shift your emphasis somewhere else, they can hurt you anywhere on the field.â He added, âthey challenge you in a variety of ways.â
Later weâll have a practice report and hear from the playersâŠ.