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News Blitz 6/1: Full coverage of Patriots OTA action

Today’s News Blitz collects all the recaps from New England’s second OTA session that was open to the media in Foxborough.


There is always a thirst for football news, especially around the Patriots dynasty in New England.

So it's no surprise that Thursday's second day of media access to OTA workouts on the practice field behind Gillette Stadium led to a ton of written content for local reporters on the Patriots beat.

The Boston Globe offers up its observations from the two-hour session that took place under sunny skies and warm temperatures. A Globe columnist tries to tackle the topic of whether or not there is fun in Foxborough. The Globe also has a few Patriots responding to the recent comments from afar regarding the amount of fun players have in New England. The Globe noted that Dont’a Hightower was on the OTA field as he tackles the rehab from last season's torn pec. The Globe says rookie running back Sony Michel’s learning experience has begun. The Globe passes along Devin McCourty calling the NFL’s new National Anthem policy “dumb.”

The Boston Herald says that the fun for the Patriots comes with winning. Herald columnist Steve Buckley writes that McCourty is correct to protest the NFL’s new Anthem policy. The Herald looks at second-year defensive end Deatrich Wise set to build off of an impressive rookie season. The Herald has Hightower feeling “good” participating in the OTA work. The Herald writes about Michel’s early work in New England.

The Providence Journal has the Patriots claiming they have fun despite what some Eagles players have said. The Pro Jo notes that New England was happy to have former Lakers star Kobe Bryant as an OTA practice guest earlier this week. The Pro Jo declares that Hightower is back and the defensive captain hopes to keep it that way. says that Hightower’s return could be the Patriots addition this coming season. has New England players declaring that losing is what’s not fun, so they are having fun explains why Tom Brady reportedly working out with Julian Edelman while he skips OTA workouts is not a good look for the quarterback. passes on ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi blasting players who complain about Bill Belichick. has Harvey Langi expressing his happiness at being  back on the field after being sidelined following a car accident last fall. states that players who didn’t have a long tenure in New England shouldn’t comment on whether or not it’s fun in Foxborough. gets Michel’s reaction to a tough day on the practice field. has Hightower saying that playing for the Patriots “is not for everybody.”

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