It sounds like Bill Belichick is fond of what the New England Patriots have accomplished through two days of minicamp, because the Patriots have canceled the final day of minicamp today, per The Republican’s Nick Underhill (among others). This isn’t anything unusual for the Patriots, as Belichick canceled the last day of minicamp last year, also seemingly impressed with the progress the team made during the first pair of practice sessions.
Following Belichick’s suit, good friend Greg Schiano decided to have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cancel their final minicamp practice as well. It’s probably for the same reason as Belichick, and I always find it funny how people exaggerate the strictness of Pats practices. They are definitely strict, but Belichick and the Patriots aren’t draconian; he gives his team a deserved break when they show they deserve it after practicing hard.
However, the Pats will still have team meetings today, and it will be the last event of the month before the team takes a break. The Patriots won’t reunite until training camp, and this looks like a well-deserved break for the Patriots. However, it would be nice to see receivers like Aaron Dobson spend significant time working out with Tom Brady to build a better rapport, and I highlight Dobson because he didn’t seem to put in the minicamp and OTAs that we were expecting from the second-round rookie.