Friday camp notes: Pats shut down helmet-cam (for now) while Julian Edelman 'has a long way to go'

Mike Petraglia
August 02, 2013 - 11:08 am

FOXBORO -- Like a new toy or fad, the quarterback helmet-cam was touted as the latest, greatest teaching tool in NFL training camps this summer. The Patriots have used them for the first week but appear to be lukewarm to it and have not been using in the last couple of days. Bill Belichick was asked about the benefit of the camera before Friday's practice and why the team has not been using them. "There's a lot of different things that we use to try and help to teach our players, different ways to use instruction and gain information in practice, different camera angles, different things like that," Belichick said. "There's some aspects of it that's good. It certainly doesn't give you the whole picture. I've coached 38 years without them. I don't think it's an absolute necessity but you're always looking for something that will help you be a little bit better. Maybe it's something that will help a guy or help you gain something. I think there's a place in certain areas that they're beneficial, other areas I don't know. I'm not sure." Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels joked earlier in the week that while the idea is good, the jarring nature of the video can produce a headache trying to watch the video. "It depends on what you're using them for, what you're trying to get out of them," Belichick said. "There are some things I think they can be helpful with. There are other things I'm not really sure how much that adds." Belichick on Julian Edelman's return Thursday to training camp practice after breaking his foot last December and having a subsequent setback: "Long way to go. Been a long time since he played football. He's got a long way to go," Belichick said. Asked if being around the team helps, as Edelman indicated Thurdsay, Belichick said, "I'm sure it helps some. It's better that he's been here and done some of the things and knows how to do them than not. But he still has a long way to go. Missed all of spring, missed all of training camp. He's got a long way to go." Defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham, defensive back Ras-I Dowling and offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon were all missing on Thursday: "We have a lot of guys in the day-to-day category. We'll go out there and see what they can do."