Two weeks of training camp practices have come and gone for the New England Patriots. The first preseason game is on the horizon. Bill Belichick and the coaching staff will certainly gain some knowledge of their players when they face off against the Washington Redskins, but they've already learned so much.
What rookies are impressing? Are free agents fitting in? Which positions have the fiercest battles for playing time? Who is working at multiple positions? Do the Patriots need to get help at a position?
All these questions—and more—have already begun to be answered after a few short weeks behind Gillette Stadium.
Here are eight things we've learned so far about Belichick's charges.