With officials at practice for the first time this season, and a meeting with the Saints coming up Thursday, Belichick barked out down and distance – with the aid of the chains – as the team went with a situation-heavy practice.
There was also a lot of special teams work, something Belichick places a heavy emphasis on throughout camp.
Quarterback Tom Brady — along with Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett — stuck around after practice was over to get some more throws in, as did tight end Rob Gronkowski. In an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak, Gronkowski said he caught about 50 extra passes after practice ended.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes was a notable absence from Monday’s practice.
There was some fun at camp on Monday "
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