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Highlights from Bill Belichick’s press conference Thursday

07.26.12 at 4:57 pm ET

Bill Belichick talked to reporters and offered his thoughts on a number of Patriots subjects before the first day of training camp. (AP)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media for about 10 minutes before the first day of training camp Thursday afternoon and touched on a number of subjects, specifically the status of veteran guard Brian Waters, Wes Welker’s contract situation, new free agent acquisition Visanthe Shiancoe and the offseason character of tight end Rob Gronkowski.

On the status of Waters: “He’s not here. … It’s basically the same that it was in minicamp. … We’ll just take it day by day. There’s no long-term plan. … I couldn’t comment on anyone else’s career, playing or not playing or anything like that. It’s for them to talk about, not me.”

On disappointment of not signing Welker to a long-term deal: “Well, it’s like that … we go through that situation with every player. Some players we reach agreements with, some players we don’t.”

On the recent signing of Visanthe Shiancoe and what he brings to the Patriots: “I think [Shiancoe] is a good football player, he’s had a good career. He’s been productive on two different organizations, for several different quarterbacks. He’s a good football player, he’s going to be competitive on our team.”

On what led to the release of Joseph Addai and the feeling of the number of running backs now on the roster: “It didn’t work out. … We have seven backs on our roster, so, if we had one, then we’ll add one.”

On having any issue with what Gronkowski did in the offseason: “I talk to our players, individually and collectively, about a lot of things all the time. Any conversation I have individually with a player, that will be between myself and the player. I talk to the players on a daily basis. We talk about a lot of things.”

On general thoughts heading into the first day of camp: “We’ll try to get off to a good start. It’s training camp, so it’s all about fundamentals. Doing the little things right, build a base and add on to it. … We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, got a lot of things that we need to cover. We’ll take them on and hopefully we’re ready for them.”

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