Quick hits from Bill Belichick

September, 2, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick hits from coach Bill Belichick's news conference on Sunday:

What the team liked about Salas. Belichick touched on Greg Salas' versatility (he has played inside and outside) and sure hands as a few things that Salas does well, while also noting his production in college and in limited action last season with the Rams. "We scouted him coming out of Hawaii and followed him last year. We had a good feel for him," Belichick said, adding that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' input from his time in St. Louis was helpful.

Cuts are hardest part of the job. It's never easy releasing players. "It’s the hardest part of the job to take players that have played for you, won for you and players that have been with us since the spring, the whole offseason, done everything we asked them to do, in a team-first attitude and fashion, and to tell those players that they can’t be a part of the team," Belichick said. "On the other hand, we all know when we get into this business that that’s the way it’s going to be. Jerry Glanville: ‘Not For Long.’ A lot of coaches, including myself, have been through that. A lot of players have been through that. It’s a production business."

Mallett in 'on-deck circle.' Belichick stressed that quarterback Ryan Mallett's approach won't change now that he's the No. 2 quarterback, but he has graduated to a new spot on the roster. "He’s in the on-deck circle. He’s the next guy, which he wasn’t really in that position before. He’s earned that spot now," he said.

What Forston did to earn a spot. Rookie free-agent defensive lineman Marcus Forston (Miami) was a surprise inclusion to the initial roster. What did he do to earn that spot? "Just the daily consistent performance," Belichick said. "It's no one thing or one play or one day, but guys that can earn a spot on the roster do it with consistent performance relative to the competition. He did enough to do that."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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