Patriots start practices away from sight with all 3 veteran QBs on the field

(Eric J. Adler/New England Patriots)

The Patriots began their four days of unpadded practices on Wednesday at Gillette, but no independent media was let in.

For the first time ever, the Patriots allowed only their own internal media to "cover" practice, and that included about 30 minutes of video footage of stretching, special teams and some positional work.

Approved independent media is supposed to be allowed to observe the 14 padded practices, which start Monday.

Some thoughts: