Quick hits from Patriots locker room

September, 8, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the Patriots locker room during today's media-access period:

1. Before speaking with a group of reporters, Albert Haynesworth shared thoughts on playing under Bill Belichick. Haynesworth said the part that stands out to him more than anything is that Belichick is involved in meetings and has a knowledge of every position. That's different than anything he's experienced.

2. The nameplate over veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren's locker has been taken down, but there are still personal items inside. That could be a sign that Warren's time in New England is not yet over.

3. Players speaking with large groups of reporters included LB Jerod Mayo, DL Albert Haynesworth, WR Matthew Slater and CB Devin McCourty.

4. Haynesworth was wearing a blue hat with the word "Pat's" on it, which is from his friends' towing business. Haynesworth said it's a coincidence that the colors are Pats' red, white and blue and that owner Robert Kraft was curious about it, so Haynesworth gave him one too.

5. Jerod Mayo on the Dolphins' offense: "They have a great stable of running backs, starting with [Reggie] Bush. The quarterback [Chad Henne] looks more comfortable making throws and [Brandon] Marshall is still making plays down the field. It's a big test for us. [Bush] can take a 3-yard checkdown to the house, so you have to stay on him. He adds a whole another dynamic to the offense."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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