FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick is on to Year 20.
At a press conference to preview this year’s training camp, Belichick (as expected) declined to go into much detail regarding his two-decade run in New England.
Belichick indicated that he “hasn’t really thought about” the significance of his 20th year with the Patriots. As always, he’s setting the tone at the outset of training camp by focusing on the present.
“We’ll take it one step at a time, one day at a time,” Belichick said. “We’ve obviously got a long, long way to go. We’re looking to make progress every day.”
Here’s a quick recap of the most pressing topics covered at Belichick’s Wednesday news conference:
On Tom Brady entering the final year of his contract: “I’m not going to talk about player contracts, or any other contracts for that matter.”
On Josh Gordon’s status (the receiver remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL): “Yeah, that would be a league matter. You should talk to them.”
On Isaiah Wynn’s readiness for camp (the second-year tackle avoided the PUP list): “We’ll see where everybody is. That’s part of the start of training camp, to evaluate everybody’s physical condition, especially the players who didn’t participate last year or that are new to the team that are dealing with some type of condition, let’s call it. So I don’t know. We’ll see how it all goes.”
On Sony Michel’s health following an offseason knee procedure: “I think Sony’s working hard. I think we have players that are in a lot of different stages of physical, let’s call it, readiness at this time. We’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes.”
On any changes to the early stages of training camp with two joint practices on the horizon: “You take it into account. We know what we’re going to do in Detroit. We know what we’re going to do in Tennessee. We’ll try to do the things that we need to do (here) and what we need to do there. We have a little more control over what we do by ourselves, but there’s a great benefit to working with those two great organizations. We’ll work around what we’ll do by ourselves and either work it in with them or find some other time to do it.”
On the first two days of training camp (Thursday and Friday): “We’re going to be in the same practice format that we were in (during) minicamp for two days. And then things change on Saturday. For these two days it’s kind of a continuation of where we were in the spring. We don’t have pads on. We don’t have contact. We won’t be able to evaluate the running game, interior line play and so forth. But we’ll get to that. And we’ll get to it against two other teams.”