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Transcript: Bill Belichick Press Conference 5/31

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media on Wednesday, May 31,2018 ahead of OTAs at Gillette Stadium.


BB: Just moving along here in our OTAs. Every day is a new opportunity for us and we have new things going in, things to correct and go back over from previous days. Just keep stringing those together and try to keep making progress. 

Q: How has Kenny Britt progressed in terms of stacking days together and doing things he maybe wasn't positioned to do last year?

BB: Yeah, Kenny has worked hard. Yeah, we'll see how it goes.

Q: How do you see him using his size to his advantage?

BB: Well we're in a non-contact camp. That's not really what this is about.

Q: What's your assessment of how Julian Edelman has looked returning from injury?

BB: All the players are in different stages of whatever it is they're doing, whether it's rehab or practice or guys that are new to the team and so forth. Each player has things that they individually need to work on and are working on day to day to get better. We're all in the same place on that. It's just different for each individual. We're all doing the things we need to do to help us get better. 

Q: What brought Kobe Bryant to practice yesterday and what was his message to the guys?

BB: I have a ton of respect for Kobe. Obviously a great player, had a great career. Spent the day with him yesterday. He had a lot of great observations and things we could learn from. He's a tremendous guy.

Q: What stood out to you about the new undrafted punter Corey Bojorquez?

BB: He had a good college career. We worked with him and wanted to spend a little more time with him. We'll see how it goes.

Q: Although this is non-contact, have you had to do anything differently as far as teaching technique with the new lowering-the-head rule?

BB: Yeah, it's no contact so we haven't got anywhere close to that. 

Q: You've mentioned in the past that you're not the easiest guy to play for. Is it important for you to come up with ways for players to feel like they're enjoying themselves as they're putting in the work that you ask them to put in?

BB: We feel what's important to us is to win. So that's really what we're trying to do.

Q: Eagles tackle Lane Johnson has been pretty critical of you and your methodology.

BB: Yeah, we're focused on what we're doing, trying to get better and taking each day we can to try to improve our football team. Not really focused on what everybody else is doing. 

Q: You had mentioned around the draft that more New England players have been going at a higher level in the draft than in past years. With Coach Addazio here, what are your thoughts on what he's done up at Boston College?

BB: Yeah, I've known Steve [Addazio] a long time. Steve's done a great job every place he's been and I have a lot of respect for him and the program that he runs at BC.

Q: Rob Gronkowski said recently he would be back for another season. Do you feel good about that and was that a strong enough commitment?

BB: Yeah, I think I've addressed that. The guys that are here are working hard. We're getting better each day. We have a long way to go. We'll just take it one step at a time.

Q: Did you have any communication with the Wesleyan lacrosse team following their national title this past weekend?

BB: Cardinal pride; yeah.

Q: Some media were critical about the decision to put Bon Jovi in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Could you comment on that?

BB: Yeah, it was about time.

Q: How much as a coach do you have to adjust to the way players come into the program nowadays as part of a younger generation given how they may receive information differently than players from earlier generations?

BB: Yeah, I don't know. Every year is different. I think each of us - every player, every assistant coach, head coach, everybody in the organization - is constantly trying to improve their performance and make efforts to find ways to do things the best possible way. I think we're all doing that, whatever that is.

Q: Does that include you as well? Do you evaluate yourself from year to year?

BB: Yeah, I said everybody.

Q: How has Danny Etling been processing his adjustment and stacking days together here in the program?

BB: Like all rookies, he's got a long way to go.

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