In a column now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on the Patriots making a transition from an offseason to forget to what they hope is a regular season to remember.
The New England Patriots sent out 2013 season tickets this week. Included in them is a ticket for Monday's special training camp practice inside Gillette Stadium. In the middle of the ticket, which has two offensive linemen protecting a quarterback in the act of throwing, is a snapshot of Aaron Hernandez, holding his helmet in his left hand with his mouth open wide as he watches the action in front of him.
As the club attempts to move on from Hernandez, the ticket -- which was obviously printed well in advance of Hernandez's murder charge and release from the club -- is a subtle reminder that history can't simply be erased.
This is the backdrop to which the Patriots open their 2013 training camp. Their first practice is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.
It's been a tumultuous offseason, primarily because of what unfolded with Hernandez. In addition, tight end Rob Gronkowski's surgeries on his forearm (4) and back (1) have naturally sparked concern. There was receiver Wes Welker's unexpected departure to Denver, and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.
But as Bill Belichick said Wednesday, and what his captains echoed Thursday, it is time for the Patriots to attempt to move on.
And so the process begins ...
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