Newcomer TE Alex Smithis finding that his transition from Tampa Bay to New England has been manageable to date. When asked about learning a new, complex system Smith told the Boston Globe, "Gruden had that very complex offense as well with lots of formations and lots of personnel groupings. You see a lot of similarities here. There is a lot of volume here. I thought Gruden had a lot, but there are definitely a lot of plays, a lot of switching in and out."
Also new to the team is veteran CB Shawn Springs. Springs has been acknowledged throughout the league and among teammates for his tremendously detailed note-taking on opposing receivers. He told the Globe, "I've developed notes on all the receivers. These guys are too good to go out there and not know them."
As for incumbent players, today's blitz features RB Kevin Faulkwho addresses his long stay with the team and how he has been able to remain valuable. The versatile back said in *Providence Journal *article, "When the time comes to work for (a roster spot), you just come out and try to make the team." Sure, it sounds simple, but Faulk's short-term approach has yielded long-term results.
Lastly, Patriots mini-camp practices have been buzzing with the excitement of the record-setters QB Tom Bradyand WR Randy Moss returning to the field together for the first time since week one of last season. The *Boston Herald *has more on the restoration of a dominant duo.