A quick snapshot of Wednesday's media schedule at Patriots minicamp, and a follow-up on yesterday's "what to watch for" areas (based on importance to the team):
10:45 a.m. -- Bill Belichick news conference
11:15 a.m. -- Mandatory minicamp, Day 2
1 p.m. -- Player interviews
2:45 p.m. -- Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards Ceremony
1. Spikes’ physical condition and where he lines up. Starting middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, who stayed away from voluntary organized team activities, reported for mandatory minicamp as expected. He explained his absence after Tuesday's practice, and at one point, jumped into team team drills, where one teammate came up to him and shook his hand. Spikes says he feels as good as he has physically since he was drafted in the 2010 second round. We'll see if anything changes with his workload today; the hunch is that it will be more of the same.
2. Following up on cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Last Tuesday, Dennard – who started on the right side last year -- was carted off the field last week with a left shoulder injury. Seeing Dennard working off to the side at Tuesday's practice, as part of a larger group of players rehabilitating, was an indication that the injury wasn't overly serious. This was one of the most important take-aways from Tuesday's practice from this view.
3. Movement among receiving corps? Rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins' work with the first unit stood out Tuesday. He stepped in for third-year man Kamar Aiken, who didn't practice. This could be viewed a few different ways. One view: Thompkins has done enough to warrant some practice repetitions that normally would go to a more experienced or highly touted player. Another view: The receiving corps was considerably thinned with several players not practicing, so it was almost a process of elimination. There has been one constant over the last four weeks at receiver, and that's been a top group of Michael Jenkins and Danny Amendola. A lot of questions at the position right now.
4. Tebow’s first practice & media presence. As expected, Tim Tebow worked exclusively at quarterback and he went through all individual drills before getting his chance to run the offense in an "opportunity" session at the end of practice. The "opportunity" session is geared toward rookies and lesser experienced players. Tebow's presence drew a large media crowd, as the Patriots issued more than 80 media credentials on Tuesday. Expect that number to thin today. One example is that ESPN, which had Trey Wingo and Tim Hasselbeck in a live set-up from outside the stadium, won't be broadcasting live from Gillette today. Tebow isn't expected to speak with reporters Wednesday.