See you in late July!
Apparently happy with the way his team performed in spring practice sessions, head coach Bill Belichick called off the remaining two days of OTAs this week… according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
"Part of that is that there were great things that happened last week, having everyone here[at mini-camp], and then [this past Monday at Fenway Park] they had a team-building activity that was really good," Kraft explained to reporters on Tuesday here at Gillette Stadium.
"The new, young players we have here, the free agents, I'm excited about this team. I think we're going to have a lot of fun this year. I understand sometimes people in the media have to work things up a little bit, but I'll just tell you, I and my family are very excited about the upcoming season."
What Kraft was likely hinting at is the steady stream of reports this offseason related to his most high-profile players being unhappy or considering leaving the team. In fact, the owner directly addressed the most recent media report that TE Rob Gronkowski was close to being traded this offseason.
“I’ll just tell you it’s a bunch of hogwash,” declared Kraft
However, the Pro Football Talk website insists the rumors of a Gronk trade were real, but things changed, as noted by NBC Sports Boston reporters.
Meanwhile, QB Tom Brady's summer break got off to an even earlier start, as a pro golf reporter revealed. This spring, Brady only showed up for last week's mini-camp and was on the greens this week. He and the rest of the Patriots will next suit up when training camp opens during the traditional final week of July.