Bedard: Just a first glance, but Patriots a very impressive lot and other OTA thoughts

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH — You guys know me well. Most of you have read me on the Patriots for the better part of a decade, whether it's been locally or on a national scale. You know I don't go overboard about much, especially offseason practices in football "underwear" — shirts, shorts and no pads. Real football doesn't take place until the pads go on in camp, so how can you measure a man before then? You also know I'm not easily impressed — and I'm not going to apologize for holding any Bill Belichick team that wears navy. blue and silver to a high standard.

With that out of the way, I came away from Thursday's offseason practice with one overriding thought: despite the fact that core players like Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy, Michael Bennett, Sony Michel, Patrick Chung, Isaiah Wynn and Deatrich Wise weren't even on the field