Stew Milne/US Presswire
Brandon Deaderick drew high praise from coach Bill Belichick after his return to action Sunday.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A handful of leftovers after Bill Belichick's press conference with the media on Monday at Gillette Stadium:
* Faulk could have played: Belichick admitted running back Kevin Faulk, who made his 2011 season debut a week earlier against the Steelers while coming off the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list, could have suited up Sunday. The team simply decided it had more healthy options available. "We felt like there were other players that were a little more ready than he was [Sunday]," said Belichick. "But it was close; He probably could have played."
* Price simply wasn't ready: After a week of hype and his own pronouncement that he was feeling healthy, Patriots wide receiver Taylor Price suffered a bit of a setback with a nagging hamstring injury. After being a late addition to the injury report, Price was inactive for Sunday's game. "It kind of tightened up on him," said Belichick. "He worked and then it just tightened up a little bit to where it really wasn’t 100 percent. He practiced -- he did practice. I’m sure he’ll practice this week, unless there’s some unforeseen setback. It wasn’t after the [walkthrough]. After the week of work, it wasn’t 100 percent."
* Belichick keeps it general on Brady & Ocho: With Chad Ochocinco and Tom Brady unable to connect on five targets Sunday, the performance of the veteran wide receiver was thrust back under the microscope (even as Brady came out in support yet again). Asked if Ochocinco was in the right spots Sunday, Belichick said: "I’d say, overall, our execution level is at times good, at others times not as good as what it needs to be. That’s the difference between completing them and not completing them."
* Deaderick a bright spot on line: While explaining that Albert Haynesworth's second-half disappearance Sunday was "rotation related," Belichick did take time to single out the play of Brandon Deaderick in only his second game since coming off the reserve/PUP list. "I thought Brandon did a good job," said Belichick. "He did a nice job in the running game, used his hands well, played with good technique and he got up the field and got close to the quarterback a couple times. [Kareem] McKenzie is a pretty good tackle, I thought [Deaderick] competed well."