Mandatory minicamps for NFL teams have just begun, where all players are required to attend practices before the start of training camp. However, the New England Patriots, who got an early start last week, are getting extended rest.
On Tuesday, Patriots players were informed their final two practices have been cancelled due to their strong performances.
Now, the team will not report until the start of camp this summer.
Patriots players were informed that today was their last day of practice until training camp. They were supposed to practice Thu and Fri, but they were sent home for the summer after a great minicamp.
Owner Robert Kraft spoke to the media, saying he has loved what he has seen from his players for the past week, and rewarded them with an early start to their vacation.
Here’s Kraft on the Patriots letting players off early pic.twitter.com/R4NqDqHJLx
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) June 12, 2018
So, there go the hot takes of whether Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski will be in attendance for OTAs this week. The two did not show up for practices this week, and now, they don’t have to attend at all. However, they were both in attendance for mandatory minicamp practices last week.
Patriots call off final two days of OTAs, so Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski aren’t missing much https://t.co/7eNO6qXYmZ
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 12, 2018
Despite the roster purge and acquisitions of new faces this offseason, the Patriots coaching staff has obviously been impressed by what they have seen during workout sessions at the team facility.
Hence, the reward of two extra days of R&R. Just imagine how good this team is going to look once Week 1 arrives. Scary stuff.