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Patriots Post-Game Quotes

New England Patriots players offer comments on their 30-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium.

Tully Banta-Cain, Linebacker
(On playing with the first team defense)
"It felt good playing with the first stringers. I tried to take advantage of the opportunity."

(On how he felt he played compared to last week)
"I think I made a little improvement from last week, just overall playing the run and playing the pass. There are still some things that I need to work on, but overall I think I did okay. I missed a sack on [Matt] Leinart one play, so that is something that is definitely keeping me honest. Next time I get that opportunity, I have to take full advantage of it."

(On whether he heard the praise Coach Belichick gave him last week about his camp thus far)
"My fiancée told me a little something about it. I look at that as credit to me being focused this year and really trying to take full advantage of the chances I have been getting. It is working out so far."

(On whether he feels he as improved)
"Yes, definitely. I don't think I'm where I need to be, but I think I have made big strides and every week I'm just trying to get better."

(On whether he thinks he can be a starter in the NFL)
"Definitely, no question. I have always had confidence in my abilities and being able to showcase them this year is what I have been all about going into this year. Hopefully I will get that chance."

(On the defense compared to last week)
"I have to go back and watch the film and see everything, but we did hold them to three points and I think that is a credit to the way we played. I think there are definitely some plays that we are going to have to go back and see how they beat us because they did make some plays in the pass game and a couple of the runs they got. We are going to look at the film and see what we have to do."

(On the defense's playmaking ability tonight)
"We wanted to improve on last week. Guys are trying to make this team and make an impression on the coaches. There were guys out there making plays and that is going to help their status on the team."

Logan Mankins, Guard
(On the matchup against the Cardinals and the success of the run game)
"Every week is a tough test. We just tried to put a hat on a hat and get a little bit of a push. We have really good running backs here and they find the holes. They will make people miss and run through arm tackles."

Kevin Faulk, Running Back
(On the play of the offense)
"We improved from Week 1 and that was our main goal. Each week we are just trying to improve as a team."

(On the versatility of the running backs)
"We have always had three or four running backs that have versatility and have different running styles. Laurence [Maroney] has come in and improved each and every week. That is what we are trying to do as an offense."

Eric Alexander, Linebacker
(On his forced fumble on the kickoff return)
"That is what they like around here and that is what we try to do every time. We try to have a dominating, physical presence on special teams. It looked like it was a sideline left and I just read my way over there and happened to be in the right place at the right time."

(On whether this is a big year for him)
"Definitely. My first two years I have spent on the practice squad, so this is definitely a defining year for me. There are no more years on the practice squad. I have to make the team here or try to make it somewhere else."

(On what motivates him)
"This is the only way I can really be evaluated, besides practice. They want to see how you perform on game day. You definitely want to give a good performance and show them that you can play."

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