Tom Brady reportedly wasn't at the Patriots' offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reportedly wasn’t at the Patriots’ offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Monday marked the official start of the Patriots offseason workout program. While they are voluntary, typically many stars attend.

One star who wasn’t in attendance Monday was quarterback Tom Brady, this according to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran.

But don’t worry, he will be there Tuesday, as he’s returning from a family vacation. Also not in attendance was Malcolm Butler, but he couldn’t attend even if he wanted to since he hasn’t signed his first-round tender.

There were several key players in attendance, though.

Courtesy of a Patriots.com video, we were able to spot Rob Gronkowski, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman James White, among many others. The workouts center around strength and conditioning and coaches cannot be present, just the strength and conditioning ones.

This is Phase One of the offseason program.

For more information on the nine-week program, click here.

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Ryan Hannable

It’s officially on to 2017 for the Patriots, as their offseason program began Monday at Gillette Stadium.

Attendance is voluntary for the nine-week program, except for the three-day minicamp from June 6-8.

The Patriots kicked off their offseason program Monday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The Patriots kicked off their offseason program Monday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

It’s officially on to 2017 for the Patriots, as their offseason program began Monday at Gillette Stadium.

Attendance is voluntary for the nine-week program, except for the three-day minicamp from June 6-8.

There are three phases to the program, and per the NFLPA, each phase is four hours a day for four days a week.

Phase 1 (two weeks): Strength and conditioning. Coaches aren’t allowed on the field and the team can only mandate two hours for players to be at the facility. Then, players can choose another two hours to lift weights.

Phase 2 (three weeks): Football drills. Coaches can now be be on the field, but helmets are not allowed and the offense cannot line up against the defense.

Phase 3 (four weeks): OTAs and mandatory minicamp. There are two weeks of OTAs followed by minicamp and then the final week of OTAs. The offseason program officially ends June 15 and the team doesn’t return until training camp, which begins in late July.

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Ryan Hannable

How did Bill Belichick celebrate his 65th birthday on Sunday?

Enjoying himself with girlfriend Linda Holliday in Jupiter, Florida on what looks to be a boat checking out a lighthouse.

With the draft just over a week away, and offseason program beginning Monday, this seems like Belichick’s last getaway, at least for a few weeks.

How did Bill Belichick celebrate his 65th birthday on Sunday?

Enjoying himself with girlfriend Linda Holliday in Jupiter, Florida on what looks to be a boat checking out a lighthouse.

With the draft just over a week away, and offseason program beginning Monday, this seems like Belichick’s last getaway, at least for a few weeks.

Here’s the post from Holliday’s Instagram.

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On Easter Sunday, Tom Brady posted to social media an overhead shot of him on the field with the caption: #patsnation 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

It seems it was a post to remind everyone the quarterback has won five Super Bowls and also comes on the 17-year anniversary of him being selected No. 199 overall in the 2000 NFL draft.

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It seems it was a post to remind everyone the quarterback has won five Super Bowls and also comes on the 17-year anniversary of him being selected No. 199 overall in the 2000 NFL draft.

Here’s the post.

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Bill Belichick opened up on several occasions this past week. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick opened up on several occasions this past week. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

1. Maybe Bill Belichick is opening up as he gets older. This week, the soon-to-be 65-year-old gave a very insightful interview to CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, the wife of good friend Jack Welch, and also shared some interesting information while being the keynote speaker at Ohio State’s coaching clinic. One of the bigger takeaways from his CNBC interview was when he played a word-association game and the word football was brought up. “More sport than business. But it is a business. That I respect the game for the game and the sport,” he said. It’s become more and more clear over the years Belichick isn’t too fond of the business side of the sport, and the less emphasis put on the actual game (color rush games, extra media appearances, rule changes, etc.). Ultimately, getting so fed up with this could be what forces him into retirement, not age. Speaking to Urban Meyer before the Ohio State clinic, Belichick said at this stage of his career, he wants to coach only players he wants to coach. Perhaps this was a driving force for trading Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones and keeping Dont’a Hightower, as Hightower has a higher “Football IQ” than those other players and doesn’t come with any extra baggage. For Belichick, it seems he would rather have a less talented/athletic player if he knows he can take coaching and knows how to play the game the right way. This could be something to monitor both this year and beyond as it seems with his age he wants to eliminate any BS with his teams and have things solely be about football.

2. Also at Ohio State, Belichick said he considers each coach on his staff like a head coach. “The way I see a football staff being put together is that it’s a group of head coaches,” he said, via Cleveland.com. “The head coach is the head coach, and he has certain restrictions in the program that he’s running — whether it’s academic, salary cap, players in that district, budget constraints, whatever they happen to be. The coaches below that, coordinators, are really head coaches of their respective side of the ball: offense, defense, special teams. Position coaches are really head coaches of the positions they coach, that group of players.” This is consistent with what his coordinators have said over the years, where he gives them the freedom to do what they want, and the narrative that Belichick runs the entire team simply isn’t true. Sure, the coaches need to check in with Belichick each week to go over things, and ultimately Belichick has the final say, but the assistant coaches and coordinators can be themselves and do things their way.

3. It appears the 2017 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, as Lions president Rod Wood mistakingly revealed last week at a press conference. Obviously from a Patriots viewpoint the game that will stand out most is who they will host on Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Kickoff Game. It’s been reported it won’t be the Falcons after the Panthers, the Super Bowl loser last year, didn’t like facing the Broncos in a rematch to open the 2016 season with everything that came with the game (Super Bowl banner ceremony, etc.). Also, Atlanta is opening its new stadium so it’s likely the NFL would want that in a primetime game. There really are not many good options for the game, so if we had to guess now, it would seem the Chiefs will be coming to Gillette to open the 2017 season.

4. The Patriots are clearly in on adding another running back. The team has brought in three running backs — Adrian Peterson, Mike Gillislee and Damien Williams — for visits and still remain interested in bringing back LeGarrette Blount. The only player that really fits what they really need — a true power back — is Blount. This feels like the Patriots trying to put some sort of pressure on Blount to sign whatever deal he’s been offered, as the team would like to have some clarity on the position before the draft. If not, these visits certainly give them info on potential fallback options if Blount doesn’t work out and then no back is selected in the draft.

5. The Browns reportedly are still undecided on what to do with their No. 1 overall pick — Myles Garrett or Mitchell Trubisky. To us, Garrett is a no-brainer to select at No. 1, but then they would need a quarterback and this is where Jimmy Garoppolo comes in. Why wouldn’t the Browns then go all-in for Garoppolo? He’s miles better than any quarterback in the draft, and with all the draft picks they have over the next several years it isn’t like they would be sacrificing their future drafts for one player. Why not throw the No. 12 overall pick, a second-round pick this year and two second-rounders at the Patriots and see what they say? It’s been a bit of a surprise to not hear much about the Browns going after Garoppolo.

6. Many Patriots fans were all over the league when it was reported last week that Eli Manning was reportedly involved in a fake game-worn memorabilia scheme. Sorry, Ted Wells and Co. do not need to get involved and there will be no suspensions and lost draft picks. While yes, if what is being reported is true it’s not a good look for Manning, but it is completely different than Deflategate. What Manning did had no impact on the results on the field or the “integrity of the game.” It is easy to attack the league, but what could they really do to Manning and the Giants if what they did had nothing to do with the actual game?

7. Former Falcons receiver Roddy White officially retired from the NFL late last week. White, 35, didn’t play for any team last year, but he revealed to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that wasn’t his first choice — he wanted to play for the Patriots. “I wanted to go down there and play for Coach [Bill] Belichick,” White told ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure. “I think it was 2012, we practiced against them for like a whole a week. I learned a lot just practicing against those guys — how they conducted their business every day and how they just got ready for practice. Just evaluating their coaching staff and how they handled plays and how Tom Brady went out there and went through things … you wanted to be a part of that and just be in the building. So many people want to get there with New England. Not just me, but people around the league because they’ve got something special going on there.” The Patriots really didn’t have room for him last year, especially at the beginning of the year and once they had injuries late in the year, White was probably out of football shape and thus not an option.

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Ryan Hannable

A jury cleared Aaron Hernandez Friday of his role in a double murder. The former Patriots tight end was accused of killing two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, in a drive-by shooting in Boston’s Theatre District in July 2012.

Immediately after the Super Bowl, Devin McCourty made it known he would not be going to the White House when the Patriots get honored.

The Patriots will be going next Wednesday and on Friday, speaking at an event at Boston University, McCourty further detailed why he will not be going.