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Highlights from Bill Belichick’s press conference Thursday

07.26.12 at 4:57 pm ET

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: ‘€œHe’€™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: ‘€œWell, 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: ‘€œI 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: ‘€œIt 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: ‘€œI 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: ‘€œWe’€™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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