“We’ve turned the page – that’s for sure,” said Patriots co-captain
“The key for us is to just mentally hone in and focus. We’re not going to have as much time on the practice field obviously, so it’s key for us to just hone in on the game plan and watch as much film as we can.”
New England will look for their 12th win in a row over AFC East opponents on Thursday, but may be without running back
Slater expressed that the “next man up” mentality is nothing new for this team.
“I think that’s something that’s always preached around here. You have to be ready and that’s part of being a role player and part of providing depth to the football team.
One of the players who may see an increased role in Vereen’s absence is backup running back
“He’s one of the best players that we had last night and he’s one of the best players on this team – and he showed it,” stated Blount.
“Losing him is going to hurt a lot, but we’re going to need to have some guys step up and try to fill his role.”
After starting running back
“He’s our starting guy,” said Blount on Ridley. “You’re going to have bad games.”
Rookies learning on the flyPatriots rookies have little time to reflect on their first career NFL game. Punter
He also touched on the biggest difference between a preseason and regular season game.
"I think you see most of the difference in the atmosphere – just the overall feeling and noise from the stadium and on the field."
The atmosphere will surely be electric for the Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.