What I’ve learned when it comes to covering Patriots’ spring practices

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

Over the next two-plus weeks, we’re going to get a chance to see the Patriots practice four times — maybe five, if Bill Belichick doesn’t call off one of the days for a trip to Fenway or a waterpark or something. The first one is Thursday morning on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. We are going to be reading way too much into every snap, every formation, every completed and/or dropped pass, but honestly, you don't need to get bogged down in that minutiae. Instead, here are a few things we'll be keeping an eye on.