dangolka (CBS) — Along with making ready for a really distinctive soccer season, the New England Patriots have had some troublesome conversations over the previous couple of days. As gamers all through the NFL and the opposite main sports activities leagues have tried to course of the taking pictures of Jacob Blake, sports activities have taken a backseat, with most video games postponed over the past two days.
The discussions have been ongoing within the New England locker room, and on Thursday, we noticed the affect that the taking pictures has had on Devin and Jason McCourty, as each shared some somber ideas on the incident. Each are lively of their communities, as are most gamers on the crew, and so they’re all in search of methods to make a constructive affect on the nation in gentle of the taking pictures.
Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick wouldn’t go into what has been mentioned in Foxboro, however he did say that he has discovered rather a lot from his gamers over the times and months. Belichick additionally expressed nice delight in his gamers, as he stays in awe of how they use their platform for the higher good.
“I’ll maintain the issues that occur throughout the crew privately throughout the crew. That’s form of the discussion board we had, so I’ll keep the integrity of that. I’ve discovered rather a lot and proceed to study rather a lot,” the top coach mentioned on his Friday morning video chat with reporters. “Now we have an unbelievable group of gamers and I’m so happy with this crew and the gamers we’ve got on it, the way in which that they’re concerned in one another’s lives as teammates, the way in which that they elevate their households and are concerned locally on numerous completely different ranges.
“We’ve at all times prided ourselves in doing issues proper on the sector and never solely being soccer crew however a pillar locally,” Belichick continued. “That continues to be our aim and expectation, and I’m so happy with what our gamers do on all these ranges.”
Gamers shall be again on the sector on Friday, and this time they’ll apply inside Gillette Stadium as they put together for the upcoming season, which is now simply over two weeks away. Friday would be the remaining apply of coaching camp, as gamers could have Saturday off.
“We’re form of ending up the week right here. Gamers are off tomorrow, so we’re making an attempt to proceed to place issues collectively from a crew standpoint so we’re able to play a sport. This could have been our third preseason sport final night time, so usually that’s the purpose when issues are beginning to come collectively from an operational standpoint,” mentioned Belichick. “We hit a few of that yesterday and can once more right now and subsequent week earlier than we flip to common season preparation.
“We’re making progress and shifting forward. We will all see how shortly this may all pull collectively over the subsequent 10 days or so,” added Belichick. “Quite a lot of work to do however gamers have labored exhausting and we’ve had an awesome angle.”
The Patriots open the common season on Sept. 13 in opposition to the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro.
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