Patriots-Eagles: New England Friday Pool Report

New England Patriots team report by Pool Reporter Dan Pompei of the Sporting News. This is the pool report as practiced was closed to the media except for the officially assigned pool reporter.

Friday, February 4, 2005
By Dan Pompei, The Sporting News

The Patriots had their best practice of the week Friday at Bartram Trail High School in the estimation of coach Bill Belichick. Execution was crisper with the game drawing near.

“I think the players are excited and ready to play,” Belichick said. “It’s been two weeks, there have been a lot of things to deal with, but we’re getting close and their excitement level for the game is starting to build up, which is where you want it.”

It helped that the conditions were the best they had been all week. It was windy and cold at the start of practice, but the sun crept out and the temperature began to rise. The field had dried out considerably from the previous day.

All of the Patriots participated in the practice, including defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who wore a brace on his injured knee.

After practice, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, linebacker Mike Vrabel, center Dan Koppen and running back Corey Dillon spoke to students and employees of Bartram Trail in the school’s courtyard, thanking them for the hospitality. Said Vrabel, “If you need tickets, I’ll let you guys know Dan Koppen has two extras.”

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