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Patriots head into second phase of offseason workout program with NFL Draft coming up


NFL: JUN 13 New England Patriots Minicamp
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New England’s coaching staff is finally starting to get involved in the preparation process.

The New England Patriots will be focused on more than the NFL Draft this week. The team of neo-head coach Jerod Mayo will also enter the second phase of offseason workout program this week.

After focusing exclusively on strength and conditioning work the last two weeks, the Patriots will now start holding individual and group drills and bring their coaching staff into the mix.

Additionally, offensive players will be allowed to line up across from other offensive players, and defensive players are permitted to do the same on their side of the ball. As with the rest of the offseason program, however, all contact and full pads remain strictly prohibited; those will only return by the time training camp begins in July.

Attendance for this part of the offseason workout program remains voluntary, but the expectation is that a majority of the team’s roster will be present. We counted 49 of currently 70 rostered players based on photos and videos made available by the club in Phase 1, with the true number likely higher than that.

With coaches now in the mix, the Patriots’ new-look staff headed by Mayo will also get to work closely with its players for the first time. While the defensive staff remained partially intact under new coordinator DeMarcus Covington, who was promoted from defensive line coach, the offensive crew led by OC Alex Van Pelt is looking drastically different from its 2023 version.

Following the second phase of workouts, the Patriots will then transition into Phase 3. Starting next month, they will have the green light to hold 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Once again, though, neither full pads nor any live contact will be allowed.

Phase 3 will also feature 10 days worth of organized team activities as well as mandatory minicamp on June 11-13. June 13 is scheduled to be the final day of New England’s offseason program, but the Patriots under previous head coach Bill Belichick have regularly shortened procedures in the past.

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