S Brandon Meriweather's two interceptions Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned him the AFC Defensive Player of the Week according to the Boston Globe. He played a vital role in a secondary that limited the Bucs' offense to 151-passing yards. Former Patriots S Rodney Harrison praised Meriweather's play thus far on NBC's "Football Night in America." Click here to read Harrison's comments.
CB Leigh Bodden also touted Meriweather's knack for the ball and playmaking ability according to the MetroWest Daily News.
After leaving the Patriots in 2006 for a lucrative contract with the 49ers, LB Tully Banta-Cain couldn't be happier to be back in Foxborough. Although he has no regrets in accepting that contract at the time he embraces his second chance. "I definitely feel like this is home for me," he said according to the* Boston Herald.* "I've had a lot of success here, and I've had great relationships. I'm hoping that I do spend my career here, and I think hopefully we'll be able to work something out in the future."
The Patriots got a taste of rookie WR Brandon Tate in Sunday's game, calling a reverse to the young speedster on the first play of the Pats' second possession. The run totaled 11 yards in his first action as a pro. "That felt real good," Tate said according to the Providence Journal. "I hadn't been on the field in so long and the trip to London was big, so I just soaked it all in and tried to enjoy it." During his senior season at North Carolina he tore his ACL against Notre Dame. That Injury placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list after team drafted him in the third round.
Think the Patriots wide receivers have good hands?* ESPN.com *reports two in the top five in reception percentage. Click here to view the list.