Per the CBA, the Pats get to practice in pads for the first time today. Patriots set to practice in pads for first time | Jeff Howe The Patriots are getting ready to conduct their third practice of training camp this morning, and they'll be wearing pads for the first time. Brandon Spikes said he'll be delivering some "Welcome to the NFL" hits, but most importantly, this is where the real work can begin, especially with the linemen and running game. Bill Belichick even admitted it's a great way to evaluate players' offseason conditioning. "Weâ€™ve got to put the pads on," Rob Ninkovich said. "Thatâ€™s when everything really starts to come together, when youâ€™ve got the pads on. Really, obviously, with the shells on, you canâ€™t get as much work as youâ€™re going to get with full pads."