It's looking more and more like Pierre Woodsis going to play a significant role at outside linebacker for the Patriots this season, as he recently acknowledged.
"Now I guess it's time for me to step up. It's my turn to do so," he said in a *Boston Globe *feature today. "I'll just go out there and continue to work hard and continue to learn, be a sponge to another young guy and also still learn from the older guys."
There's growing speculation in the national media that New England might be interested in trading for Oakland pass-rusherDerrick Burgess, as you'll see in a *USA TODAY *blog posting.
The Boston Herald, meanwhile, has more on Laurence Maroney'sshoulder injury, plus an update on rookie linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who was injured during practice here in Foxborough a few weeks ago.