Patriots: Thoughts from Coach Belichick on Day 2 of training camp

Bill Belichick did not speak with the media on Wednesday before or after the first day of on field work, but he was back in front of the cameras and microphones on Thursday prior to the start of day two.

“Good to get back on the field and get started here,” he said. “Yesterday, as I said the other day, is really a continuation of the spring practice routine, mini-camps, OTAs, things like that. We’re working in the red area, which we will continue to do here today and for a couple days. It’s really about each individual just trying to get into football and the best football situation they can get into whether that’s players, coaches and everybody else that has a football-related job, and the sports staff, scouting staff and so forth.”

Bill touched on newcomers Nelson Agholor, Jonnu Smith and Matt Judon, but as we’ve come to expect, he refused to truly heap any praise on any individual players, although he did have some nice remarks about second-year back Damien Smith.

“Great to have him. Great to work with him,” bill said of Smith. “He was only here for a few days in the spring. He was here earlier in the week. So yeah, it’s good to have him. It’s good to have all the guys that we have. Draft choices, guys we signed as free agents, guys we brought back. Excited about the guys who we are working with. We all have a lot of work to do. Not signaling out any new players, young players or anybody else, all of us have a lot of work to do, so let’s get to it.”

“Fit in well,” Belichick said when asked about Judon. “Again, all the new guys. They’re new. They’re getting adjusted to our system. We’re getting adjusted to them. But yeah, he’s been great. It’s been fun.”

Agholor has looked pretty consistent during the first two days of practice, and Bill acknowledged that the system will change a bit with the new wide receiver in the building.

“Well of course. Yeah,” Belichick said. “Everything we do is specific to us, but you know, a lot of that is also interdependent on who the other players are on the field. If one player can do multiple things and nobody else can, then it’s hard to move one guy without moving somebody else. Just really depends on what the overall makeup of the skill group is and obviously that plays into situations and formations and game plans and so forth, but generically we try to teach our guys multiple spots at all positions, not just the receiver position. Not knowing how game plan needs or roster needs.

“Not being able to anticipate those during the regular season, so if we have to create our own depth from our roster, we have some ability to do that or at least we know what our ability is. If we know a guy can go to a different spot, then we don’t want to waste time with that in the regular season. We find some other way to do it. Nelson has shown a lot of versatility here. Again, how much that does and doesn’t happen depends on a lot of things. He’s one of them, but there’s other factors as well.”

When discussing Harris, Belichick actually talked quite a bit about all the improvements he’s made.

“Well, I think Damien’s a player that improved a lot from year one to year two,” he said. “This year, he’s in a little different role. Now he has an opportunity to compete for a lead spot and so he has embraced that. He’s worked hard. He’s been here since the day after the season was over. He has worked as hard as anyone has in the offseason. I’m sure that’ll help his preparation. Heading into this camp, we’ll see how he does. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s a very dedicated player. I’ve been impressed by the commitment he has shown.”

While the energy in the crowd wasn’t nearly as high on Thursday as it was on Wednesday, Belichick said it’s good to have things feeling a bit normal again, but in typical Bill fashion, he soon downplayed the impact the crowd has on anything the team does over the next month or so.

“It’s more like a normal camp A lot different than last year, so it’s good to see everyone out here,” he said. “There’s a good level of enthusiasm and energy, but we really have to focus on what we’re trying to accomplish on the field and whatever happens in the stands, happens in the stands. We can’t really control that. We need to have a good practice and do the things we are working on. That’s really what we need to do.