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Belichick on 'priceless' Crumpler

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Patriots coach Bill Belichick seemed to be enjoying his post-game press conference after the team’s 20-17 loss to the Giants in the preseason finale.

When it was announced that there would be time for one more question, Belichick scanned the audience and told former Patriots quarterback and local sports-talk host Scott Zolak that it was all his.

Zolak wanted to know what Belichick thought of veteran tight end Alge Crumpler’s impact on rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and Belichick began gushing.

“Priceless,” Belichick responded. “He’s just so professional in every way – on the field, off the field. In between plays. In the huddle. Just the way he keeps going, the way he looks at every play, where he is, his mental toughness. He’s awesome.

“He’s been great, not just for the tight ends. He’s been a good influence for all of us. Very professional. It seems like he always does the right thing. He certainly goes about it always the right way. He’s going to make mistakes out there, but he goes about it the right away. He’s good for all of us. He’s been a great addition to this team.”

EXTRA POINT: The standard day-after-game breakdowns will be slightly different today given the unusual nature of the finale (e.g. WR Buddy Farnham playing safety; OLs Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch playing defensive line). The focus will be more on the entire preseason rather than this one game.