Patriots

Patriots

The first step in doing your job is showing up. And, in particular, showing up on time.

Patriots second-year corner Malcolm Butler was recently reminded of that fact when he arrived to Foxboro late for the team's first OTA session on May 26. He missed a flight en route to New England and has since seen limited action in OTAs because of his tardiness.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was the first to report the reason for Butler's absence at Patriots practices. Howe also reported that Butler has been at the Patriots facilities and has attended meetings, film sessions and off-the-field workouts. The Super Bowl hero has not been present for the two OTA sessions that have been open to the media. 

Butler is not the first to find out that there are consequences for being late, even to voluntary workouts like OTAs.

Former Patriots Adalius Thomas, Randy Moss and Brandon Spikes all had their issues arriving on time at one point or another. Jonas Gray seemed to cede his spot in the starting lineup after he arrived to the team facilities late soon after racking up 200 yards rushing in a regular-season win over the Colts. Darrelle Revis was held out of a practice session last season for tardiness. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick makes it clear to players the importance he places on being prompt. When his warnings against lateness aren't heeded, discipline is the likely result.