Bill Belichick on 2017 Patriots: ‘We all have a lot to prove’

It’s on to 2017.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s first news conference of training camp on Wednesday made that abundantly clear.

What people have done some other year — whether it’s me, a coach, a player, somebody else — it’s really meaningless for the 2017 season, he told reporters. So, we’ll see what happens this year. You know, we all have a lot to prove. Nobody’s done anything this year yet. So, we’ll see how it goes.

It was tough, just to have a friend that I was so close with, Pouncey said, via ESPN. I felt like he was my brother and I know he felt the same way. It’s tough for anybody to have a loss in their family.

Pouncey and Hernandez became close when they played at Florida. Just before Hernandez committed suicide, he had been acquitted of double murder charges stemming from the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.

According to Pouncey, he and Hernandez discussed the ruling and what it meant for Hernandez, who already was serving a life sentence on a separate murder conviction, which he was appealing.

He was in great spirits in our conversations. I’m still shocked to this day that we’re even at this point, Pouncey said.

Pouncey said he and his twin brother, Maurkice, have remained Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys close with Hernandez’s family and even spent time with his fiancee and daughter during the Cheap Infant Jerseys offseason.

They’re doing really well, Pouncey said.