New England Patriots: First Day Of Voluntary Workouts Done, Setting The Schedule Going Forward


The New England Patriots had their first voluntary offseason workouts yesterday, signalling that football is in fact still alive and well. The 2015 regular season schedule will be unveiled tonight, and the draft is just two short weeks away.

Here is a two minute video of the Patriots working out yesterday. Devin McCourty was the biggest star to appear on the video, although the Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler also made an appearance.

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Let’s set the schedule for the Pats going forward:

  • Schedule Release: Tonight, 8 PM ET
  • NFL Draft: April 30th-May 2nd

From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the schedule of the actual offseason program:

"Weeks 1-2: Strength and conditioning onlyWeeks 3-5: On-field workouts of individual player instruction (no team-based drills)Weeks 6-9: Organized team activities and mandatory minicamp"

The draft is close, but tonight we will know all the dates and times of next year’s games, which is exciting in its own right. The Patriots will open up the season at home as the defending champs, so it will be very interesting to see where the NFL goes with that contest. It sounds like the Eagles and the Steelers are the frontrunners, but I personally want the Jets to come get a beating in front of a national television audience to open up the season.

Football is still far from returning, but it is showing signs of life. For the last couple of years, this waiting period has been awful, but as the defending champions, it is kind of nice. Obviously I really want football to return, so the Patriots can defend their title, but basking in the glory of being the champions is just fine. It has been 10 long years since we experienced this feeling as Pats fans, and I certainly can’t complain.