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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
CB Arrington draws a big crowd

By Mike Reiss & Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When cornerback Kyle Arrington first joined the Patriots as a member of the practice squad on Sept. 21, 2009, he walked through the team's locker room without drawing much media attention, if at all.

What a difference a year makes.

Arrington, who started his first career game last week against the Bills, drew a crowd of reporters in the locker room on Wednesday morning. He recapped his NFL career to this point, signing with the Eagles as a rookie free-agent out of Hoftsra in 2008, getting released, signing with Tampa Bay, getting released, then joining the Patriots.

“When you come out of a I-AA school that doesn’t even have a program any more, a free-agent guy, all you really need is an opportunity," Arrington said. "That’s what the preseason is for. If you don’t make that club, you’re auditioning for 31 other teams. That was my case in Philly. Tampa gave me a shot. Things didn’t work out there either, but the Patriots gave me a chance and I finally got on the field in regular-seaosn action and proved what I could do. I’m just thankful."

Arrington said playing most of last Sunday's game has helped his confidence, especially matching up against receivers Roscoe Parrish and Lee Evans. He proved to be strong in run support, which could play a factor in him remaining the starter this week against a good running team like Miami.

As for what he expects his week against the Dolphins, Arrington said they run a lot of formations, different personnel groupings and also have the Wildcat, so it's "a lot to prepare for."

"They definitely want to run the ball to set up the pass," he said.

As for if he will make his second career start, Arrington said time will tell.

"Bill’s philosophy is that whoever is playing at the highest level plays. Hopefully that will continue."