Patriots coach Bill Belichick: ‘It’s good to have all the players’ at minicamp

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are back, and New England fans couldn’t be more thrilled.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the other hand, could be.

When asked how it felt to have his star quarterback and tight end on the field for minicamp on Tuesday, the Patriots coach wouldn’t single them out.

When prompted if Brady’s and Gronkowski’s absences affected the progress of the team’s offseason workouts, Belichick kept his response vague.

Maybe subconsciously, I might have been reaching for something in recognition. Was I reaching, or did I want to be different? I don’t know, he told the Kansas City Star five years ago.

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Learn it well enough where I can put my own flavor in making plays on this defense. I’m having fun with it now. The last couple of days have been my best days, running around. … Once you can get it down really well, you’ll look a lot faster out there on the field. We all can run fast and jump high, but mentally, once you got it down, all your abilities, your talents can show out there on the field. That’s what we’re doing right now. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there.

Last year was particularly bad when the Raiders became the first team to fail to intercept a pass for the first 10 games of the season and had just 14 takeaways all season.

To change that, the Raiders have made significant changes in personnel this offseason, bringing in Johnson to anchor the middle of the defense along with new linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Emmanuel Lamur; drafted Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall and Arden Key to boost the pass rush; and signed defensive backs Rashaan Melvin, Daryl Worley, Marcus Gilchrist and Leon Hall.

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