Bill Belichick Offers Little Information On Patriots’ Recent Acquisitions


March 22, 2016

New England Patriots fans will have to wait until training camp to find out what head coach Bill Belichick thinks of his recent additions.

Belichick answered questions from the media for 45 minutes at the annual NFL coaches breakfast but had little to offer on his team’s pickups.

Here’s a sampling of his answers:

On wide receiver Chris Hogan:

“I’d say the same thing about all of the players we acquired: They did things we felt like would help our football team. We’ll see how it goes.”

On trading defensive end Chandler Jones:

“It’s free agency. Some players change teams in free agency, other players — (Martellus) Bennett, Jones, so forth — change in trades. It’s all part of the process.”

On Jones’ off-field issue late in the 2015 season:

“Chandler was a good player for us.”

On acquiring a second-round pick in the Jones trade:

“We do what we feel is best for our football team.”

On tight end Martellus Bennett:

“Again, we’re happy to add all the players we’ve added to our team. We’ll go out there and see how it goes.”

On linebacker Shea McClellin:

“We take everything into consideration. We evaluate players, so I don’t know. Everything’s a factor.”

On guard Jonathan Cooper:

“All of the players we added, I feel like have an opportunity to help our team. We’ll see how it goes.”

On defensive end Chris Long:

“I’ve never coached Chris, see how it goes.”

On naming son Steve as safeties coach:

“I’m proud of all my kids.”

On Robert Kraft’s letter to Roger Goodell:

“I think he covered it.”

Belichick began the session by sitting down and pushing away a cluster of microphones. He gave a brief statement on linebacker Jerod Mayo’s retirement.

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Thumbnail photo via Aug 1, 2015; Earth City, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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