The New England Patriots have opened today’s session of organized team activity to the media, and we already have an early report from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss on what has been doing down in Foxboro during the Patriots second day of media access OTAs. Let’s take a first look at the six players whom Reiss says have not been spotted at today’s session.
Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes is not going to be participating in OTAs, so it is no surprise to see that Spikes is a no-show. He is definitely going to be at the mandatory minicamp that starts on the 11th of June for the New England Patriots, and Spikes isn’t holding out at all. I can’t comment on the rumor that the Patriots are upset at Spikes for missing out, but I will say that those things are almost always overblown. Spikes isn’t trying to leverage himself against the team at all, and he’s just one of those players who feels like it is best to work out on his own; he’ll be there for minicamp.
Brandon Bolden is nursing a foot injury and is most likely still in a walking boot, so no surprises there either.
Newly signed backup offensive tackle Will Svitek is also reportedly a no-show, and fellow offensive lineman Nick McDonald wasn’t spotted either, per Reiss. Those two are surprise absences for the Patriots, so let’s just hope that there are no negative updates on either backup OL.
Rob Gronkowski is out with…well, you know.
Julian Edelman suffered a setback on the foot he broke during the final stretch of the Patriots regular season, so it is no surprise to see that he is still out of Patriots OTAs.
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