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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Belichick talks Rams, Ojinnaka

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots are practicing inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse for the second day in a row as it is raining heavily in the region.

Coach Bill Belichick answered questions from reporters before the workout, pointing out that the team is finishing preparations for Thursday’s preseason game against the Rams. The team will hold a walkthrough practice Wednesday.

Belichick said one benefit from the preseason game against the Rams is that it gives the Patriots a chance to work against a 4-3 defense which is different than what the New England offense practices against on a day to day basis. That should help with the Cincinnati Bengals first on the regular-season schedule, as they also run a 4-3 defense.

Belichick hinted that the starters will play more against the Rams than they have in the first two preseason games, which has been the norm for the third preseason games in past years.

Belichick also touched on the team’s acquisition of offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka, saying that the team likes his versatility to play tackle and guard on the left and right side, as well as his starting experience.

“We felt like he’d fit into our system,” Belichick said.

Belichick said the team did its standard background check on Ojinnaka, who is suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Ojinnaka was arrested in May 2009 on a simple battery charge after his wife confronted him over his contact with a female friend on the social networking site Facebook. He was accused of tossing her on stairs and throwing her out of the house.