Now that the Patriots’ nine-week run of offseason workouts has come to a close, Bill Belichick and his staff can spend a little time peering back upon some crucial elements on the roster to prepare for training camp before they break for the summer. Certainly, they made progress in a lot of areas, but there are some focal points where improvement is necessary, either by tweaking the personnel or shuffling the playbook. The Pats’ minicamp ended yesterday when Belichick rewarded the players by cancelling their final practice and sending them away for a six-week summer break. Here are five key impressions after their offseason workouts. It’s Amendola, and everyone else Without a doubt, the Patriots’ greatest concern right now is at wide receiver, where Danny Amendola has shined and everyone else is trying to find their way. Amendola’s chemistry with Tom Brady has been on point, and the proud quarterback exulted Tuesday when the slot receiver nailed a route to beat a particular coverage. The outside receivers are still a question mark. Michael Jenkins, Lavelle Hawkins, Aaron Dobson, Donald Jones and Kenbrell Thompkins have had their moments, but there’s a lack of consistency. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bill Belichick try to acquire additional talent. Defense continues to mesh The Patriots’ most positive trend, from the start of organized team activities and through minicamp, was the progression of the defense. The players are comfortable with each other, and the chemistry has created a swagger that isn’t typical to most May and June practices. They get excited with their big plays, including three straight swatted passes on the goal line Tuesday that featured a diving bid from safety Adrian Wilson. And they whooped it up when Dont’a Hightower closed the same practice with a pick-6. The effort to keep the secondary together this offseason has looked like the right move so far.
Some Patriots thoughts before summer vacation
Boston Herald | Jun 14