Patriots Quick Hits: Belichick, Ross & More

Bill Belichick (Ap Photo)

The Patriots will host their June minicamp this weekend. Here are some quick hits as the team prepares for this weekend's activities

--Bill Belichick has been in attendance at a number of Celtics playoff games this spring in Boston as the team has marched toward a potential 17th NBA title. Belichick is part of a Patriots contingent at the games that has included Tom Brady, Laurence Maroney, Vince Wilfork, Kevin Faulk and others. The three-time Super Bowl winning head coach also has a developing relationship with Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who is working for his first title as a coach.

"Doc and I have talked several times over the last few years. He has been really supportive of us and I really appreciate that. The Celtics take great care of not only me, but you also see a lot of our players at the games. I know all the guys love to get over there and watch those great athletes perform. The Celtics have been great. They have been very supportive of us and they have taken great care of us and we appreciate it."

The Celtics also took care of Belichick in terms of quality seats for the games, seating him right on the floor next to the visitors' bench.

"The seats are awesome. There is a lot of contact down there. It looks like a lot of tight ends playing, and bigger."

--OT Oliver Ross signed with the Patriots June 2. The 33-year-old is a 10-year veteran who made a name for himself in Pittsburgh from 2000-04 before three difficult seasons with the Cardinals over the last three years. The 6-4, 327-pound Iowa State product missed all of last season with a triceps injury.

Ross adds veteran experience to an already deep New England line. The Patriots return all five starters from a year ago as well as four experienced backups. Ross has played both guard and tackle over his career, but his best seasons have come as a right tackle with the Steelers. He adds to that spot in New England that's become a bit more precarious with the recent revelation that starter Nick Kaczur has been involved with a DEA sting revolving around his illegal purchase of prescription painkillers, which could hurt his standing with the team and could lead to repercussions in the NFL's substance abuse program.

--DB Willie Andrews spoke during the team's recent passing camp work, addressing his Feb. 5 arrest and subsequent charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The case was continued without finding on May 9, after Andrews reportedly admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding.

"It's a dead issue. It's over," Andrews said walking off the field after practice. "It's not brought up out here and I know it won't be brought up out here. It's just back to work now."

The special teamer said he spoke with coach Bill Belichick the day after the arrest and that he's received support from his coach and organization. In the end he is aware that he made a mistake.

"Of course. It was a situation I shouldn't have been in in the first place, but we all make mistakes and you got to learn from those," Andrews said. "I just hated that it had to be that type of situation for me to learn from, but that's the hand I was dealt, so you got to play the cards."

--LB Junior Seau's future in the NFL and New England remains up in the air. The 18-year veteran reportedly had offseason shoulder injury and was set to take a physical for the Patriots. But Bill Belichick said the sides have yet to reach a point where a decision has been made either way.

"I think it is closer to reaching that point," he said. "I don't think it is any closer to having any kind of commitment one way or another. We are just not there yet. But we are closer to being there. We just don't know where that is."

In the end the decision as to whether Seau will return to New England for a 19th season and potential run at an elusive Super Bowl ring may not come until late July.

"I'd say it will probably (come) closer to training camp than mini camp," Belichick concluded.

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