Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes about Taylor Price and his thoughts on recent comments from offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien about Price getting more playing time. "I'm excited to get on the field more,'' Price said. "It's never a good situation to stand on the sideline and watch your team play. You always want to be in the game and be in those close games and go into battle with your teammates." When asked about Price, quarterback Tom Brady said, "He's like any young player and veteran player. We're all trying to be consistent with what we're doing and whatever role our coach gives us, we're trying to do it the best you can."
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about recent comments made by defensive captain Vince Wilfork supporting the Patriots struggling secondary. "Trust me, I don't want any of our defensive backs to think it's their fault we're not getting off the field on third down," Wilfork said. "Or they catch an in-cut 20 yards down the field -- 20 yards down the field, that gives us up front a lot of time to work, and get to the quarterback. We have to take some of the blame, and we are."
Ian Rapoport of the* Boston Herald* writes about the little known players in the Patriots secondary. Defensive captain and first-round draft pick Devin McCourty is joined by Kyle Arrington, Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams at cornerback. Names that many outside of New England might not know. However McCourty is still confident in his fellow corner backs. "I think we have a group of guys here that can get the job done," McCourty said.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about the recent pressure the Patriots offense has been under. After being sacked only four times in the first four games, Tom Brady has been sacked 11 times in the last three games. When asked about facing a Giants team that leads the NFL in team sacks, Tom Brady said, "When you play them, you've got to understand you're not going to have all day to throw. You can't drop back and stay in the pocket. You've got to find someone and get rid of the ball."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com breaks down the Patriots defense by looking at defensive formations. The Patriots have spent 63.4 percent of their defensive snaps in their sub formation (five or more defensive backs). As for base defense, the Patriots have lined up in base 33.3 percent and 3.2 percent in short-yardage defense. Against the Steelers the Patriots spent 62 of their 80 defensive snaps in sub formation.