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Bill Belichick: ‘We’re not having watermelon rolls and badminton contests’

Bill Belichick had a couple of quips at Tuesday’s news conference.
Bill Belichick had a couple of quips at Tuesday’s news conference.John Tlumacki/Globe staff

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FOXBOROUGH — Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Tuesday if he had “an idea” of what players might be available around the league follow cutdown day Saturday.

“Absolutely. Yeah, what do you think we’re doing? We’re in camp. We’re not having watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that,’’ he said smiling.

“Yeah, we’re working on football. We look at our team. We look at the 31 teams.’’

It was the second round of laughter on the day for the coach.

Earlier he was asked about Trent Brown switching from right tackle to left tackle and the coach referenced Sebastian Vollmer, who handled both sides at several points in his career.

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Belchick lauded Vollmer’s flexibility at the positions and when the coach was reminded that Vollmer will be calling games in his native German this season, it sparked a memory and some laughs in one of the lightest moments of the preseason.

“Sebastian was part of the rookie skit,’’ said a smiling Belichick. “The rookies didn’t have much material, which they usually don’t, and I suggested to him, ‘Why don’t you just get up there and imitate the head coach and say what I would say in German?’ So, he did. No one knew what he said, but it was pretty entertaining. He had a great sense of humor.’’


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.