It's been a few months since defensive back Jalen Mills signed with the Patriots, but the 27-year-old still can't believe he's being coached by Bill Belichick.
“No, not yet,” Mills said following Thursday's OTA via video conference. “I think it was two days ago, we were in walk-through and going over certain defensive calls, and I was working a certain technique, and he was standing right next to me, and he kind of like started coaching me up. I was kind of like, in my mind — of course, I was taking the coaching but then after when I went to the sideline, it was kind of like the same thing, I was like, ‘This dude — like, Coach Bill is coaching me.’ It’s crazy to me.
"But I think that’s a great feeling, though. That’s me wanting to give him everything that I have. At the end of the day, he didn’t have to do that. That’s his job, but he’s a head coach. That’s what he has assistants for. I definitely appreciate it.”
Mills, of course, had a great reaction when meeting Belichick for the first time.
As for what position in the secondary he will play with the team? He's learning both cornerback and safety.
“Not yet, as of right now,” MIlls said when asked if he knows where he will play. “Coach Bill was just telling me, just try to learn the base of the defense, the structure of the defense. I’m trying to learn everything and we’re talking about you know a coach -- he’s gonna put me as a player and the rest of guys in the best position to succeed.”
The Patriots will continue with OTAs next week.