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Ben Watson Player Journal

06/14/04 same game...different place

The rookie camp was hectic, long hours. We were going from 7:30 a.m. till 9 at night, it was an information overload. The second camp wasn't as bad as the first one. The speed of the game picked up with the vets, but you didn't get as many reps. There's lots of new information with the new players. It's great being with the Patriots, you have a lot of older guys, guys who you can learn from. They won the Super Bowl last year so they're doing something right. My coach Jeff Davidson played at Ohio State, he's great. The coaching staff is all about business, they like winning, and they've done a good job with that. The business aspect is a lot different from college. I've had a lot of friends from Georgia who've gone ahead of me into the league and schooled me a little when they came back. This is your job, they expect you to come to work every day and be serious about your job. We're going to be off July 2, so I hope to get around and see the area. I'm adjusting pretty well, it's a different place. Playing at Georgia and being from South Carolina, it's a whole different culture here. I'm getting used to it now; it's still the same game in a different place. My goal for now is just to learn what to do. The biggest difference is the amount of information and the new terminology. I want to give my best effort and do whatever the team needs me to do to win games.

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