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Patriots Locker Room Quotes - 8/24/2015

Partial transcripts from the Patriots locker room on Monday, August 24, 2015.


(On adding Reggie Wayne to the receiving corps)

"He's a good player. He's played at a high level for a long time, played on some really good football teams, and we're excited to have him."

(On what has made Wayne such a good receiver for so long)

"He's a professional. He's played at a high level for a very long time, and he knows how to get open and catch the ball."

(On Brandon Gibson being put on injured reserve)

"It's really unfortunate. He's a great football player, and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll get his knee back and rehab it and get out there as soon as he can. Brandon and I have formed a strong relationship over the past five or six years that we've been together. Obviously, my heart sank when I found out [about the injury]. He has a lot of support in our room, and we've got his back, so his spirits are high."

(On the young receivers)

"They're getting experience out there playing against good teams and getting some good work, so I was excited to see how much they've improved from the minute they got here."


(On what type of receiver Reggie Wayne is)

"He is a very crafty guy, somebody that understands what defenses are trying to do, somebody that can play in any system and somebody that can make a lot of plays."

(On what it is like to go up against a guy like Reggie Wayne)

"You have to be disciplined in your technique. Early in my career I had the opportunity to practice with Isaac Bruce and be a teammate of his, so somebody of that caliber, you have to be very disciplined. [He's] somebody that's really crafty that's going to give you different looks, give you different leverages and just attack you in so many different ways. It makes you more of a patient player. It makes you trust your technique a lot more, and it also helps you prepare week in and week out to understand that guys will game plan you, guys will come out and do different things against you."

(On how it felt to get back out on the field in a game)

"It felt great, getting my feet back wet. I haven't played since I got put on injured reserve in December of last year. It's just another opportunity to go out here and do something that I love to do day in and day out, and I look forward to the next preseason game."


(On what it is like to go up against Reggie Wayne)

"I haven't gotten to go against him yet. I look forward to getting to work with him. Not in a million years did I think I'd be playing against a guy that I've been watching for a long time. Glad to have him, time to get to work."

(On what it is that has made Wayne stand out throughout his career)

"Being consistent – I know him well from [him] playing with the Colts and Peyton Manning. He's a guy that's been around for a long time, always been productive so I'm just looking forward to it."

(On his feelings toward the release of the new Madden video game)

"I've been playing Madden since I was a young gun. I'm looking forward to playing the new game, playing with the new players or whatever, but overall I'm just ready to play real actual football."

(On his thoughts about the different player ratings in the video game)

"It's kind of special seeing yourself on the video game. I haven't seen it yet, I'm not sure what I'll be rated, but I'll find out sooner or later."


(On how they will try to improve the defense in the third preseason game)

"Obviously, we've still got a long way to go. We're still trying to mix and match some different guys and just see how it works out. We never want to give up 400 yards receiving, so we've got a long way to go." 

(On how going up against a guy like Reggie Wayne in practice can help improve the secondary)

"Definitely, going up against a veteran guy like that that brings a lot of versatility and how productive he's been as long as he's been in this league is going to help our defense in practice and stuff. I'm looking forward to adding him to our team."

(On improving every game)

"We just try to improve every day. Around here, we just try to get better every day. We don't particularly say, 'We need to make a leap here. We need to make a leap there.' We just try to come in every day and improve."

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