FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots defensive end Trevor Scott spoke to the media today for the first time since signing with the team on Mar. 19.
Here are some quick hits:
Recovering from injury. Scott suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010 that limited his production in 2011. On Thursday, Scott addressed the injury: "I mean, it was what it was. That's the name of the game. I've seen a lot of different things in the league. And like I said, I'm just glad to be here -- to start over."
Thoughts on Patriots. "You just know what to expect when you come here. Pats are natural-born winners. They want to compete for the Super Bowl every year so I know to come in here, I'm going to have big shoes to fill," Scott said. "I mean, there's a great atmosphere here, don't get me wrong. But there's a great atmosphere in Oakland. But like I said, I'm just glad for the new opportunity."
2008 game vs. Patriots. In 2008, as a rookie, Scott had a two-sack performance against former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. "Big game vs. Pats: I was just reminded of that the other day. I do remember that -- it was rookie year and it was pretty disastrous game in the fact the weather was just awful," Scott said. "Too bad it wasn't Brady."
Offseason program thoughts. "We've just been working. Just different position stuff. That's been cool. Just getting to meet the coaches, on and off the field. We've definitely been working hard, that's for sure," Scott said. When asked about defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, Scott said: "I love him He's a great guy. He's definitely a no-BS guy, and that's what I like.
Conversion from TE at Buffalo. Scott converted from tight end to defensive end while at the University of Buffalo. "At first I was shocked. I was a backup tight end. We ran a lot of double tight end stuff. It was still a backup role. [Coach Turner Gill] told me, 'listen, we're going to start you right off the bat, so just get ready.' I just took it and ran with it. I always had more of a defensive mindset, so I loved the transition," Scott said. In terms of if the Patriots have asked Scott to play tight end, he said "No, I mean, if that were to happen, I would take it with open arms. But my role is, I'm just going to get on the field any way I can."