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Patriots Postgame Quotes

New England Patriots players comment on their 38-27 preseason win over the New York Giants on Thursday, September 3, 2009.

Stephen Gostkowski, Kicker
(On if he thinks he is a different player compared to when he was a rookie)

"I don't think I am much different. I started off a little slow my rookie year, but I ended well. I had a good run in the playoffs and that was really good for my confidence. I just try to build from game to game and kick to kick and try not to miss two kicks in a row. If I miss one I start a new streak because it does no good sitting around feeling sorry for myself."

(On his chemistry with rookie long snapper Jake Ingram)

"Jake had a great game. He looks comfortable in there and I think that is half the battle. Obviously he has the talent to be out there and we feel comfortable with him. It is nice not having to switch back and forth between guys and its nice for him to get in the whole game. He's got a long season to go and keep working hard and stay on top of what he is doing. We are helping him out and making sure he is in sync with me and Chris (Hanson)."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Running Back(On what his expectations were for the last preseason game)

"I wasn't sure how many reps I was going to get tonight. I just went out and tried to play every play and do my job. I try to go out every day and try to compete and work hard. I look at every opportunity to go out and play football and just have fun. I love to go out there and compete and play against guys."

(On the Patriots' comeback...)

"The game is four quarters. We were down early but we try to play four quarters and try to pull out the win and keep doing our job and keep competing on every play and things just turned around for us."

(On the play of quarterback Brian Hoyer and the offense)

"Brian did a good job of controlling our offense. We mixed it up. [Bill O'Brien] did a good job of calling some pass plays and some run plays and mixing it up on them. We were able to move the ball down the field."

(On his long fourth quarter touchdown run)

"There wasn't that much open field. I think a guy missed a tackle and a receiver was blocking a corner and the safety was coming. I just went around a receiver block and outran the safety."

Alex Smith, Tight End(On if he has reached a comfort level on the field)

"Yeah, I had an opportunity to get on the field and have consecutive plays and a couple of series in a row and you definitely start to get a little more comfortable out there. I felt pretty good. I feel more and more comfortable every week as the days go by."

(On what it's like in a situation in which final roster cuts are looming)

"I've never gone through that situation before, so that's foreign territory to me. But like I said, it's out of my control. All I can only control is what I do on the field. So I feel that, as long as I continue to progress, I can compete for a spot."

Benjamin Watson, Tight End
(On how he felt physically Thursday night)

"I felt pretty good. Even compared to last week. I didn't get many reps last week and I felt really awkward. This week, especially later in the game, I started to feel a lot more comfortable."

(On if he is concerned about making the team)

"I don't know if you would call it concern. Like I said, the coaching staff and the front office, they make those decisions. I wouldn't call it concern. Probably uncertainty, but it's not concern in that I'm worried or anything. Whatever happens, happens."

(On if he was impressed by Brian Hoyer's performance)

"Oh yeah. I thought it was really good. Obviously there are going to be some things that he can do better, but I thought him being able to play the whole game and rally the team and come back and get a win, I thought that was really good."

Brandon McGowan, Safety(On the interception)

"I just looked to help backside and he threw me ball. I looked at him, but I didn't expect him to throw it since I was sitting right there. Obviously he gave me a gift."

(On the interception return for a touchdown)

"I saw the lineman, but I wasn't trying to get tackled by a lineman, because if I got tackled by a lineman...I knew I'd have to come in here and hear about it from the whole team."

(On how the touchdown affected the team's psyche)

"Every time we score when you're are down like that, of course there's going to be a lift. That's just how the game goes."

Robert Ortiz, Wide Receiver
(On his feelings about the opportunity to play for the Patriots)

"It's not every day you get to play for the New England Patriots, so I'm just going to enjoy it. Hopefully it works out in the end; if not then, it just has to be the Lord's will"

(On getting into the end zone)

"Hoyer threw a great ball. The offensive line blocked. It really wasn't anything that I did. I just did my job. He t threw a good ball and I caught it."

(On whether his touchdown affects his feel for making the team with cuts looming)

"No, because you can look at the film and I'm sure there is a lot of stuff that I can improve on. So you' are never comfortable in this league; let's put it that way."

Patrick Chung, Safety
(On his performance)

"I've got a lot to work on. Got a lot to work on. [I am] just working on everything. Keep playing with my help, my leverage and everything, just little things."

(On the rough start to the game and finishing strong in the end)

"Just working hard, man. You just can't think about this. [I am] just working hard and trying to do my best for my team."

(On lining up in different spots on the field)

"It means versatility. It means they trust me to play different positions. So I've just got to work hard and get my technique so they can put me on more."

(On what he takes away from tonight's game)

"What I told you, we've got a long way to go. We've got a lot of work to do. I've got to better my skills to help the team. That's all I'm worried about."

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