Quick hits from Patriots locker room
September, 26, 2011
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonPatriots linebacker Jerod Mayo talks to reporters Monday at Gillette Stadium.
1. The phrase of the day: "We're moving on." It was uttered by numerous players in regards to watching film of Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Bills and turning the page to next week's visit to the Oakland Raiders. "I think it's good for us to get in and watch [Sunday's loss], but we have a short-term memory whether it's a win or a loss," said linebacker Jerod Mayo. "We're on to the next one."
2. Players drawing large media crowds included Mayo, linebacker Rob Ninkovich, tight end Rob Gronkowski, cornerback Kyle Arrington and safety Josh Barrett.
3. A large media contingent circled wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, but he again declined to talk, one day after his most heightened activity in a Patriots uniform (but one that included a costly fourth-quarter drop of what almost certainly would have been a game-tying touchdown).
4. One player that did step up and talk about his own struggles was Barrett. When conversation shifted to Fred Jackson's 38-yard reception that led to the winning field goal as time expired, Barrett noted, "Obviously, [Jackson's] play to set up that field goal was a play where I should have been there to make the tackle. I didn’t, [and] it goes across the board, we've got to do a better job defensively when we need it to make sure we win those games."
5. Tight end Dan Gronkowski, waived on Friday, maintains a locker stall at the stadium with his nameplate and gear yet to be removed. That's no guarantee of a return, but it suggests there's potential to see him back in New England, particularly if he gets back to full health.
6. Tight end Aaron Hernandez dropped by his locker while the younger Gronkowski was discussing Sunday's game with the media. Asked how he was feeling, Hernandez offered simply, "I'm good," before departing. He showed no sign of a limp as he walked out of the locker room.