Monday, December 12, 2011
Quick hits from the locker room
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the Patriots' locker room today (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET):
1. Players drawing larger media crowds included LB Dane Fletcher, DE Eric Moore, WR Tiquan Underwood and OT Nate Solder. For Solder, questions centered around his return to Colorado and how he grew up a Broncos fan. "I'm a Patriots fan this week," he said.
2. Safety Patrick Chung, who has missed the last five games, walked through the room. Reporters spotted that he had his injured foot in a boot. It's hard to know what that means without further context. LT Matt Light, for example, wore a walking boot after injuring his foot at the end of the Chiefs' win and played the next week in Philadelphia.
3. Players were already talking about turning the page to the Broncos. They said they watched tape of the Redskins game, made the corrections, and are starting the process of getting familiar with the Broncos' personnel. I got the sense that they are prepared for a lot of Tim Tebow questions this week, and my feeling is that Bill Belichick's message to them is not to make this game about one player because that could lead to trouble.
4. It was like old times. Former Patriots WR Troy Brown, now working as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, was in the locker room and had a long chat with QB Tom Brady.
5. OT Nate Solder, who is from Buena Vista, Colorado, had a good line about the altitude in the Mile High City. He joked about how his college team at Colorado used to make a big deal out of it, but it didn't seem to help because they didn't win many games.
6. The locker for DB Sterling Moore remained intact, creating the impression that he could be back (presumably on the practice squad) if he clears waivers by today's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
7. WR Tiquan Underwood fielded a few questions on the route he ran on the play QB Tom Brady was intercepted in the end zone, the play which sparked the Brady/Bill O'Brien fiery exchange on the sideline. He thought he could have run a better route.
8. DE Eric Moore said he didn't have any workouts with NFL teams after being let go by the Patriots following 2011 training camp. That surprised him, but he was happy to hook on with the UFL. Now, he's even happier to be back with the Patriots.