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Patriots Postgame Quotes - 8/29/2012

New England Patriots players addressed the media following their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Read their quotes below.


RB Brandon Bolden

Q:How did you feel about tonight and was it the kind of workload you were expecting?

A:I mean, everybody kind of waits for their opportunity, I had big expectations for myself, but as far as how much workload I was going to get, I didn't know. I just want to go in there and take every opportunity and try to maximize each and every one.

Q:Do you feel like you gave the coaches some good film to look at?

A:I felt like I left it all out there on the field. Running, pass protection, I tried to do everything I could.

Q:Is it tough in a game like this when you and your teammates know there are mandatory cuts coming?

A:Basically I took that thought two weeks ago, and just threw it away, and tried not to think about it as much as possible. That is true, but that hinders your game if you let that float around in the back of your mind. I wasn't really paying attention to it.

Q:How did you feel about your special teams play?

A:I still need to work on my punt return game, of course, but I felt like I did pretty good.

OL Donald Thomas

Q:What did you think about so many different offensive linemen lining up in different spots and getting the opportunity to play with guys you normally wouldn't?

A:I think it's great, honestly, having guys at different positions. Everybody has pretty much had the chance to play next to everyone else that's on the offensive line. The good part about it is, if someone else is in there, we've played with that person before, and it's not like if you make a call they don't know what's going on. I think that's the best part about it, our situation, we've had a lot of guys in there, and everybody's been able to play with somebody different almost every practice, and it's just helped us out.

Q:At center specifically, four different guys played in the first half, what do you think about the rotation that was happening tonight?

A:I don't really know. That's what the coaches wanted to do. They just wanted to rotate the center spot, and that's what we did.

Q:Is there a need to look deeper into the offense after only managing three points tonight?

A:We tried a lot of different things, but the biggest thing was for us to go out there and compete. I feel like we did compete out there, I know the scoreboard wasn't 27-14 or anything like that, but I felt like we went out there and competed and that was the best thing we could've done.

QB Ryan Mallett

Q:Thoughts on tonight's performance:

A:Not bad. There's good things, bad things, stuff that when we go look at the film, we'll be like, 'I could've done this better, I could've done that better.' It's just something you need to learn from.

Q:Compare your advancement from right now to last year at this point in the season:

A:Last year I didn't really know too much, coming in late didn't help. Having the spring and then the camp now was crucial for me, and I feel a lot more confident in what I'm doing.

Q:Does all the rotation of different players in different spots make it a lot more difficult for you?

A:We've been practicing together for, what, three-four weeks now. I wasn't thinking about that, I just wanted to go out there and play. Like I said, there were some good things, bad things, stuff we'll learn from, we'll watch the film, and get better at it.

Q:How do things change with Tom Brady sitting out and how does that affect your development?

A:It doesn't change anything for me, I'm just going to go out there like I'm preparing to start every week, and get the game plan down, get the opponent down, and keep moving along.

Q:After playing a lot this preseason, do you feel better than you did last year?

A:It's always good to get out there and play ball. Last year I didn't get as many. It's all right, I was young. I feel a lot more comfortable with the game, and the speed of the game now, and what I'm doing out there.

Q:What do you need to work on the most?

A:Everything. You can't ever be…You've never arrived when you're playing quarterback in this league. You need to get better every day, every little thing

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