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Bill Belichick spending down time on his boat ‘VI Rings’ 06.22.16 at 11:42 am ET
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If you wanted to know what Bill Belichick is up to during the down time between now and training camp, just check out girlfriend Linda Holliday’s Instagram.

Holliday posted a picture Tuesday of Belichick captaining his boat ‘VI Rings.’

And it makes my heart swell when my man is behind the helm of his boat enjoying life! #Workhard #Playhard 💘🚤😍#VIRings

A photo posted by Linda Holliday✨ (@lindaholliday_) on

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Source: Mike Lombardi parting ways with Patriots 06.17.16 at 9:42 pm ET
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Mike Lombardi spent two years with the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi spent two years with the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi, who spent the last two seasons working as an assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, has decided to part ways with the franchise, according to a source.

Lombardi was hired by Bill Belichick following a short stint as GM of the Browns in 2013, as well as a four-year stretch as a member of NFL Media (2008-2012). In addition, Lombardi spent a stretch of time in the Oakland front office as well (199-2007) as well as Philly (1997-98).

Over the last two years, Lombardi was thought to be responsible for helping bring in a few of role players who grew into important puzzle pieces with the Patriots, including running back Dion Lewis and defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

The news was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN.

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Sean Payton suggests Patriots, Saints will ‘probably’ have joint practices this summer 06.14.16 at 4:22 pm ET
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Looks like Sean Payton and Bill Belichick are going to be able to get some quality time in together this summer. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

Looks like Sean Payton and Bill Belichick are going to be able to get some quality time in together this summer. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

It sounds like the Patriots and Saints are going to be getting together for some joint practices this summer.

On Tuesday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton dropped a hint that the two teams are going to be taking part in joint practices in the days leading up to their preseason game in Foxboro on Aug. 11.

“Bill (Belichick) and I have talked,” Payton told reporters. “We’ll have the schedule at some point, but we’ll probably have a couple days of practice with them prior to that game.”

Payton’s Saints are scheduled to open the preseason at Gillette Stadium versus the Patriots at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11.

The two sides have met for joint practices before exhibition games twice since 2012. It would be the second series of joint practices this summer for New England — the Bears and Patriots are also set to meet on the practice field in the days before their Aug. 18 game in Foxboro.

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Even Bill Belichick impressed with the receivers: ‘They’ve all showed up and made plays down the field’ 06.09.16 at 4:55 pm ET
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Bill Belichick speaks after mini-camp Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick speaks after mini-camp Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — This week in minicamp has been a chance for the receivers behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to step up.

According to Bill Belichick after the final mini-camp practice on Thursday, that’s exactly what they’ve done.

The quintet of Aaron Dobson, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin and Nate Washington have looked good without the pads on.

All five of those receivers made big plays over the three days, including Dobson and Mitchell, both of whom made acrobatic catches in the end zone for touchdowns. Belichick was taking note.

“Our receivers have been good. We have good competition at that position and they’ve all showed up and made plays down the field, caught the ball well. It’s been good,” Belichick said.

And while Washington is new to the team he’s not new to the type of offense the Patriots run. His experience with former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in Houston showed up this week, as he looked like a receiver comfortable with the routes.

“[With] Nate, they played it in Houston, so he’s kind of familiar with it,” Belichick said. “Those guys have done a good job. I think our receiver group overall has done well – gotten open, caught the ball. Nate and Keshawn have both done a good job.”

Belichick, meanwhile, surprised no one when he didn’t offer an update on the status of tight end/tackle Michael Williams. The Globe’s Jim McBride reported Thursday that Williams suffered an ACL tear on Wednesday and might be headed to injured reserve.

“I don’t think we’re doing injury reports here,” Belichick said. “Maybe the league will require us to do those.”

One of those who might step forward with Williams out is newcomer Clay Harbor.

“Professional. Works hard. He’s a versatile guy,” Belichick said of Harbor. “He’s done a lot of different things. Philadelphia and Jacksonville, he did the same thing, special teams and offense. Hopefully a number of roles if he can do them and get an opportunity to do them.”

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Bryan Stork, Woodrow Hamilton among those involved in Wednesday practice scrap 06.08.16 at 3:21 pm ET
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Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

FOXBORO — Toward the end of Wednesday’s minicamp session, there was a scrap that appeared to involve offensive lineman Bryan Stork, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton.

Devin McCourty could be seen shepherding Hamilton away from the pile, while Matthew Slater was doing the same thing with Hightower, and it looked like Hamilton and Stork were sent off to run.

After practice, coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t shed any light on the skirmish, but special teams captain Matthew Slater acknowledged that when it comes to football, sometimes emotions can run a little hot.

“Football is an emotional game, and your emotions are going to get the best of you at times. Especially when we’re out here competing, competing for a job,” said Slater. “So we like to see the competitiveness in the practices, but we have to be smart. We all know that numbers are limited at this level, and we have to take care of one another as we practice. We have to be smart at that. At the same time, you like the competitive nature of practice. It’s a double-edged sword.”

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Bill Belichick mum on Rob Gronkowski after tight end misses 2nd straight practice at 3:10 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — For the second straight day Rob Gronkowki was absent from Patriots minicamp practice and for the second straight day Bill Belichick wasn’t up for talking on the matter.

It was reported by ESPN late Tuesday, Gronkowski missed Tuesday’s session because of a “cautious approach” being taken with an undisclosed physical ailment.

Belichick was asked if he had anything to add on the report following practice Wednesday.

“Nope,” the coach said.

Belichick wasn’t expansive on much as the coach took nine questions and eight of them had two sentences or less replies with the other being three sentences.

Wednesday was the second of three straight days of minicamp with one more OTA session to come on Monday.

“This is like our seventh day, just string them together,” Belichick said.

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James Develin thanks Bill Belichick, Tom Brady for pulling him through tough times 06.07.16 at 8:56 pm ET
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James Develin speaks Tuesday at Patriots mini-camp. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

James Develin speaks Tuesday at Patriots mini-camp. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — When James Develin went down with a broken right leg in the penultimate preseason game last August in Charlotte, he really had no idea was the future held.

He was in the last year of his contract but as a show of loyalty, the Patriots held onto the valuable fullback/H-back while he went through a grueling rehab process inside the confines of Gillette Stadium.

While Develin, the Brown University product, watched from the sidelines, the Patriots went with a faster game in the backfield, opting to run with names like Dion Lewis, James White and LeGarrette Blount. The closest thing the Patriots came to Develin last year was Joey Iosefa, who joined the active roster in Decemb

All the while, coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were there to offer their support to the veteran who turns 28 on July 23.

“It’s a huge thing. It’s nice to hear that from guys but any kind of wisdom a guy like Tom or even Coach Belichick can pass along my way, that’s a great piece, and I’ll treasure it,” Develin said.

When January rolled around and the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC championship, it was time to part ways. That separation lasted just under two months, until the Patriots signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contract on March 7. But it was a long six weeks for Develin.

“I’m very, very happy to be a Patriot,” Develin said after mini-camp Tuesday. “It was a process that I didn’t enjoy, the whole free agency process. I’m glad to be back out here and glad to be out here with my team.”

Now, Develin is ready to assume the handyman role he had before the injury last Aug. 28.

“It’s kind of whatever they need me to do, I’m going to go out there and do it to the best of my ability. Really anything. If they call on me whatever it might be to do that week or throughout the year, I’m just going to go out there and do it to the best of my ability.”

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