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 Injuryâ€™s Status- Asked about what his availability was, Belichick would only say that Amendola was day-to-day.
Closing in on a regular season schedule- â€ťWeâ€™re not really on a regular season schedule yet,â€ť Belichick said. â€śBut weâ€™re closing in on it, this is a typical Friday type day, so weâ€™ll practice situations, tag things together for the Lionsâ€™ game, fly out tomorrow and play on Thursday he said. â€śShort week with the turnaround but we can work on this for the regular season,â€ť 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, â€śI think theyâ€™re 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€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a good experience.â€ť
Asked about evaluating the total body of work that he alluded to at yesterdayâ€™s press conference, Belichick said, â€śItâ€™s tough, sometimes during a preseason game you can have an aberrationâ€¦.but Iâ€™m 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€ť
On Leon Washington- â€śHe hasnâ€™t gotten a lot of opportunities but heâ€™s done everything weâ€™ve asked him to do and has worked hard, has a great attitude, great leadership for our team and the running back group.â€ť
On â€śDoing Your Jobâ€ť- Asked if sometimes bubble players can be doing â€śtoo muchâ€ť Belichick answered, â€śI hope notâ€¦we always try to tell our players what is expected of them. Itâ€™s important with the situation theyâ€™re in about how they actually prepare.
Kyle Arringtonâ€™s Development- Asked about the change in Arrington since heâ€™s arrived in Foxboro, Belichick said, â€śA tonâ€¦Kyleâ€™s one of our most dependable players has been out there a lot and has come a long way from the practice squad.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s played on the corner, moved inside, always a strong role in the kicking game, his reads, and techniques on what weâ€™re doing and what our opponents are doing has improved every year.â€ť
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. â€śItâ€™s interesting,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a talented group, they all have good strengths, running it, catching it, returning it â€¦Theyâ€™re all a little bit different in styleâ€¦.Its good, the diversity really helps the overall depth you have on your team but it is difficult to evaluate.â€ť
On Detroit- â€śTheyâ€™ve always had good backs, receivers and can hurt you in a number of different ways,â€ť he said. â€ťIf you shift your emphasis somewhere else, they can hurt you anywhere on the field.â€ť He added, â€śthey challenge you in a variety of ways.â€ť
Later weâ€™ll have a practice report and hear from the playersâ€¦.
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