With the NFL draft in the books, all eyes turn to the next phase of the offseason as the New England Patriots meet for their first round of organized team activities. Bill Belichick will lead practice May 27, 29 and 30 this week.
While these practices won't factor heavily into who earns a starting job in September, they hold a great deal of importance. Matt Bowen from Bleacher Report explains:
Individual periods are extended in the offseason with footwork, mechanics, eye placement, hands, etc. becoming the main focus as veterans work on their craft.
This is the time to improve from the previous season in the film room on those key technique areas during drills.
Unlike the regular-season practices where game prep takes precedence and individual periods are reduced, the OTA workouts give the vets the opportunity to practice and study their technique.
Here are four players who hope to get something positive out of the next couple of weeks and two who—unfortunately—won't be able to.