The big news from Wednesday is the re-signing of cornerback Jason Webster, who was with the team during training camp before getting cut at the deadline.
“Jason has a good understanding of our system,” head coach Bill Belichicktold the Boston Globe.
Webster may be a bit of help this week as the Patriots prepare for Sunday's game against Buffalo since he spent the 2007 with the Bills. He also has an understanding of New England's system and already feels up to speed since coming back this week.
“The coordinators and coach (Dom) Capers did a good job of reiterating the things we learned in training camp, so that helped a lot,”_chance/) Webster told the Boston Herald.
On a lighter note, many players expressed happiness over the results of this year's presidential election in which Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States.
“The sky is the limit. I can tell my kids now, ‘Shoot for the sky,’” cornerback Deltha O'Nealtold the Providence Journal.
Cornerback Ellis Hobbssays President Obama is similar to Tom Bradyin that they can both handle crisis.
“He’s calm under pressure,” Hobbs told the New Bedford Standard-Times.
Meanwhile, the team is moving on from last week's loss to Indianapolis with an important division game looming on the horizon Sunday.
“It’s tough losing tough games, but we’re moving on right now and getting ready for Buffalo,” cornerback Mike Richardsontold the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The next two games after this one are big, too, considering they're against the Jets and Dolphins.
“I think we all see that with all the division games, it’s an important time of the season,” wide receiver Kelley Washingtontold the Quincy Patriot Ledger.
The Buffalo News takes a look at how the Patriots have remained cool and confident despite the loss of Brady, as evident by their stop atop the AFC East standings.
“You have to go out and perform one week at a time. I like our chances,” defensive end Richard Seymourtold the News.
The Bills are reeling from the news that defensive end Aaron Schobel will miss the next four weeks with a foot injury, though he will not need surgery.
Likewise, the team is trying to sort out other issues to stem the tide after losing three of its last four games.
“We have to execute better,” running game coordinator Eric Studesville told the News.