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Hot, humid practice ahead for Patriots, just as Bill Belichick likes it

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are scheduled to hold their final two organized team activities of the offseason this week, with Tuesday's session the last to be open to reporters, and the hot, humid conditions will give it a training camp-like feel. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s.

Just as Bill Belichick likes it.

In addition to what has unfolded on the field -- a lot of teaching and quarterback Tom Brady showing no signs of decline -- the different conditions the Patriots have practiced have been notable and highlight part of Belichick's coaching philosophy: Outside of heavy wind and lightning, the Patriots always practice outside as part of being prepared to play in any conditions.

Their third OTA, for example, was in the rain.

"It's perfect," Belichick said before practice that day. "Good day to work."

Belichick added that even though players aren't in full pads, such conditions were good to focus on ball security.

The sixth practice, which kicked off mandatory minicamp last week, also was rainy and windy as temperatures barely reached 50 degrees. When Belichick met with reporters before the practice, wearing a blue hood, he led off by noting the conditions with a smile.

"Dealing with a little bit of weather, which is good. We can always use that," he said. "I hope you all enjoy it. It’s nice."

The Patriots' offensive work that day, however, wasn't so nice. Belichick was far from pleased, yet he put a bit of a positive spin on things the following day when he said, "Conditions were good for us yesterday. We had some good work in there with the wet field, wet ball and so forth. We’ll take whatever comes and try to make the most out of it."

What comes today is the real hot stuff, which probably means players will be visiting the conditioning hill behind the practice fields. As Belichick often says, this is the time to "put it in the bank" -- a sweltering June practice to preview what is to come later next month.