New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

For a football team that supposedly doesn’t have any fun, the New England Patriots are certainly putting a giant dent in that notion this week.

One day after taking a day of organized team activities to visit Fenway Park, where they reportedly played some Cornhole as part of team-building exploits, Robert Kraft told reporters at a Myra Kraft Community MVP event on Tuesday that the team has canceled the remaining sessions, which would have taken place on Thursday and Friday in Foxborough.

They’ll now be off until training camp. The dates have yet to be announced, but it’s expected to start sometime in late July.

So clearly, for whatever reason, the Patriots didn’t see the rest of OTAs as important enough to hold them before training camp. It ostensibly lets Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski off the hook for deciding not to attend the planned sessions. Especially in the case of Brady, it didn’t feel like the best move for the sake of the football team.

Apparently, it was wrong to have held that sentiment. The Pats won’t hit the practice field again until the end of July, and all parties are expected to be there at this point. In Gronk’s case, perhaps the tight end shows up with a newly minted contract.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are holding their own mandatory minicamp this week from Tuesday-Thursday. The weather looks quite nice this week in New England, where the Patriots will be completely free. Have to wonder which team is having more fun at the moment.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at