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Patriots Postgame Quotes - 8/15/2014

New England Patriots players addressed the media following their preseason game versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, August 15, 2014.


Kyle Arrington, Cornerback*
*(On playing both safety and cornerback)

"It's just one of those deals where [you play] wherever the coach feels confident in putting guys on the team. We have the utmost confidence in ourselves to get the job done."

(On if there are similarities in playing safety and slot cornerback)
"As a DB [defensive back] in general, you have to know what everyone is doing. Whether it's corner, safety or the nickel position, you want to know all the positions. It's beneficial for you [to know all the positions], so whether you're at safety or corner, it's not all new to you."

(On if he's been able to learn anything from Devin McCourty at the safety position)
"Devin is the ultimate teacher and one of our leaders on the team. He does a great job getting everyone in position, so he's definitely someone you can learn from."

(On if playing safety changes his approach on defense)
"There's a lot more responsibility [playing safety]. You have to be in tune with the corner on your side and the linebackers. You have to be a little more vocal, but like I said, most guys know a lot of the positions on the field."

James Develin, Fullback

(On scoring a touchdown)
"Whenever my number is called and I get the opportunity, I'm going to go out there and do my best and try to get in the end zone like in that case and just try to get out there and help the team win."

(On his comfort level being more experienced with the Patriots' system)
"I still got a lot of work to do and still can improve in every facet of my game. I'm never going to stop working, trying to get better and trying to become more valuable and help the team."

(On if he enjoys playing the fullback position)
"I really do, I really do. I enjoy playing fullback and enjoy playing football. It's just a great game and I really love contact and I like hitting guys out there. It's fun being a fullback for the New England Patriots."

(On if he feels safe on the team)
"I'll never say that I'm secure. I hate feeling comfortable and I never want to be content and I'll always go out there and work hard and, you know, try and improve and gain some value."

Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback

(On how he felt after getting extra reps in practice this week)
"I felt good going into this game, had a good week of practice. Going against another team always brings out the competitive spirit in everyone, so I thought our whole team had a good week this week."

(On if he was happy with his performance in the game)
"There's plenty of stuff to correct. I'm still a rookie, still learning as we go. There is always going to be things to correct, but overall a good game and good to get a 'W.'"

(On when he found out that he would follow Tom Brady)
"They kind of just threw me in there, it was kind of a last-minute thing. But you always have to be ready. Whenever the opportunity comes you have to take advantage of it."

(On if he learns as much from a successful possession as he does from a failed one)
"Yeah, every opportunity you're out there, they're showing different things on defense, we're running different things on offense. So they're all different opportunities to learn in different ways really. Every chance that you're out there, you really have to take advantage of it."

(On if he was glad that the offense played well no matter the personnel groupings)
"Yeah, we were clicking well tonight - 250 yards rushing, I think it was. As a whole, that's great. It shows how we're getting tougher as a group and those guys did a great job tonight."

Ryan Mallett, Quarterback

(On continuing the momentum)
"Yeah we had the momentum all game. I feel like we played well throughout the game and it continued throughout the second half and we still got some little things to overcome, but it was a lot better."

(On his confidence building up to the touchdown throw to wide receiver Brian Tyms)
"You build confidence in practice. We've been watching 84 do that all camp. He's been making plays and he got one-on-one coverage, so I'm going to let him make a play and just try and get it close to him."

(On if it matters when he plays in the game)
"I get to play in the game – that's all that matters. That's all. I just want to get out there and try to get better as a player and I felt like I did that tonight and I just got to keep building on it."

(On if there were different looks than last week)
"It's a totally different defense; you know, they got a good team. It was close there at the end and we got a stop and then we moved the ball and ran the clock out. The offensive line did a great job right there during that last series as far as moving the ball. There were big holes for the running backs to see and get through. It's a credit to them."

Darrelle Revis, Cornerback
(On Philadelphia not throwing in his direction)
"I don't know what their gameplan is. My thing is just to go out there and do my job. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. But you always have to be ready at all times."

(On the penalty flags)
"It's a new rule in 2014 that they're emphasizing about illegal contact down the field on plays with the wide receiver and the defensive backs. Like I said before, we have to do the best that we can by being comfortable with the new rules and trying to do the right things out there on the field. I don't know how many penalties it was. It was a lot, just watching the game and going through it, but I don't know. It was a lot, but at the same time, the refs are going to call what they see."

(On how the defensive unit is progressing)
"We're getting better every week. We're trying to reach our peak by the time Week 1 comes around. We've been working hard and we've made a lot of great plays out there today on defense so those are the types of things we are looking for. The coaches always stress turnovers to us so we're just trying to do a good job of that and tonight we did. Logan Ryan, Cornerback

(On the leadership of Devin McCourty)
"Well Devin is just a great player; great defensive player. Intelligent guy. He's a great leader as well, so having him around in general, any position, is great."

(On the number of flags in the game affecting the defensive backs)
"It's just what the emphasis is. We have to deal with it. It was going both ways, so it's not really my job to discuss the flags. [I] just have to play ball. We have refs at practice, so we are practicing on the game situations. We are getting used to it in practice and I think it will translate to the game. That's what the refs are there for. They'll call it exactly as they would in a game. A hold is a hold. If it's not, it's not. It's something that we are working on in practice, so I'm sure you'll see the results in the game."

Nate Solder, Tackle

(On lining up as a tight end)
"Yeah [laughs], [Coach Belichick] had me out there for a while. We'll see what happens. Whatever it takes, I'll be there."

(On the reason for lining up as a tight end)
"I don't know. We did some things there last year. [The coaches] don't tell me their plans, so I do what they tell me to do [laughs]."

(On if he is confident in the running backs on the team)
"I think our confidence just comes from working hard and continuing to improve. I'm happy with those guys [the running backs]. They work hard, they play hard. It's a good group of people to be with."

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