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Sights & sounds from locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sights and sounds from the Patriots locker room on Monday afternoon:

1. Unlike receiver Randy Moss, whose locker was positioned immediately to the right of quarterback Tom Brady, receiver Chad Ochocinco has a locker two away from Brady. The row of lockers in that section looks like this (left to right): Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Brian Hoyer, Julian Edelman, Brady, Deion Branch, Ochocinco and Taylor Price. The lockers are usually set up by numbers, which is why Wes Welker (83) is on the opposite wall.

2. Had a brief chat with Ochocinco as he returned to the locker room with his headphones on after coming from the weight room. He talked about finding the balance between having fun/being himself and fitting in to the Patriots' way of doing things. That seems to be part of the battle he fighting right now as he doesn't want to be robotic on the football field, but at the same time, he knows the importance of falling into line while dealing with the challenges of learning a new system. On a different note, Ochocinco said he hasn't yet decided which fan he will live with for the first few weeks of the season. He spoke as if he was serious about following through on that.

3. This week marks a shift for players as they are out of the hotel they stay at for training camp. That reflects the progression of training camp.

4. Second-year linebacker Dane Fletcher, who injured his right thumb in Thursday's preseason game and has been wearing a cast over his right wrist that extends over his thumb, popped his head into the locker room before departing quickly. He had his right arm covered.

5. Welcome Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor to Twitter -- @bigsavage91.

6. Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, cornerback Devin McCourty, offensive lineman Logan Mankins, tight end Garrett Mills (wearing his old No. 45) and linebacker Rob Ninkovich were a few of the players drawing larger media crowds. Linebacker Jerod Mayo plans to chat tomorrow.

7. Receiver Taylor Price, who starred in the preseason opener but has been sidelined since, was in the locker room. It looks like he's closer to a return. Injured linebackers Jermaine Cunningham and Jeff Tarpinian also walked through.

8. Mills, who gives the Patriots another "move" type tight end behind Aaron Hernandez, talked about growing as a player since the Patriots waived him in 2007. "This is where it started," he said. "I'm really excited to be [back] here."

Check out video of Mills below: