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Belichick on Tebow and camp opening

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the media before the team’s first training camp practice Friday, and here were some of the highlights:

On if his plan is to play Tim Tebow exclusively at quarterback: “I think that we’ll use Tim wherever we feel like he’s best for the team. I know that’s what he’s committed to doing as well; whatever that is.”

On his impressions of Tebow since he’s signed and how he’s immersed himself in his work: “He has a great work ethic. Great.”

On if he felt he had to address the team regarding Aaron Hernandez’s murder charge: “There’s always a lot of things you have to do at the beginning of camp. This year is no different than any other year. It’s bringing a lot of people together for a long process in camp. We have a lot of work to do. There are always a lot of things to talk about at the beginning of camp, just to get organized. … We talked about a lot of things.”

On a timetable for Rob Gronkowski's potential return: “Nope. Again, I can’t predict what’s going to happen with rehabilitations or injuries of any sort. Players work day-to-day. As we know, sometimes that’s a steady line, sometimes it’s slow progress and a big jump, sometimes it’s a jump and then it levels off. There is no way to predict exactly what’s going to happen. We’ll just take everybody day by day, see how they do, and treat them the next day based on what their performance and how they feel from the day before. That will be the same with everybody.”

On the first three days of training camp: “The first two practices are similar to our minicamp practices. Sunday we’ll be able to get the pads on and work more on the running game and pass protection and things like that, things that involve more contact. The first two days will be a continuation of the spring and then building on to that.”

On Alfonzo Dennard's standing on the roster after his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence: “We have 90 players out there. Our roster is at 90 players. We’re full. They’re all active. They’ll all [look] to be participating.”

On if he considered moving practice inside today: “Nope. It’s hard to work in that bubble with 90 people. You can’t handle a group that size. Sometimes it is what it is, but it’s not something we’re looking to do.”

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This news conference was more consistent with Belichick's approach, as compared to Belichick's delivery Wednesday when the topic was mostly about Aaron Hernandez's murder charge. Some might read into Belichick's remarks on Tebow with the idea that perhaps he could play another position, although it could simply be Belichick not wanting to commit himself if initial quarterback plans unexpectedly change down the line.