Day 2 of mini-camp is in the books and Wednesday's sun brought an overall improvement to the offensive performance in general. The pad-less workouts provided an opportunity to see some of the new faces at work, even though Bill Belichick often reminds us the practices are for instruction and not for evaluation,
ESPNBoston.com focuses on this fact as they highlight Tom Brady's work with new running back Rex Burkhead during Wednesday's practice. Despite that, another newcomer, Dwayne Allen, expressed some frustration over his inability to consistently catch the ball thus far.
The Boston Globe's notebook leads with tight end James O'Shaughnessy looking to hook on with his new team. Trey Flowers is not resting on his laurels and instead is focused on working on his craft.
The Boston Herald's notebook leads with a look at Rob Ninkovich helping the young defensive ends. Danny Amendola's ability to come through in big spots makes him valuable. Jonathan Jones could be a big part of the secondary in his second season. Nate Solder isn't in any rush to have his contract situation resolved.
The Providence Journal says Stephon Gilmore has settled in nicely and is enjoying a solid mini-camp. The Worcester Telegram says the jury is still out on where Burkhead fits in offensively. The Patriot Ledger talks to Will Likely, who they explain is an unlikely member of the Patriots. MassLive.com offers some standouts from Day 2. CSNNE.com has Devin McCourty talking about the crazy offseason not affecting Malcolm Butler.
NESN.com has some ways the Patriots defense can build off last year's success.
The Patriots made a lot of moves during the offseason to bolster the roster and the depth at several positions appears to be quite good. Ever wonder what a team full of backups might do? The Boston Globe tries to answer those questions.