Thursday, December 22, 2011
Safety Fuller hopes to seize chance
By Mike Reiss
Mike Reiss/ESPN BostonSafety Vincent Fuller chats with reporters on Thursday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the first time since signing a one-year contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, safety Vincent Fuller spoke with reporters at Gillette Stadium today.
Fuller played just one game this season, with the Lions, and had been rehabilitating an elbow injury. He kept working out in hopes that a team might call.
So how does Fuller turn the switch to being a contributor after missing most of the year?
"It's being a professional," he said. "I was at home working out and preparaing as if I would be able to play in the next couple of weeks. Being a professional, hopefully that allows me to come in and help."
As for adjusting to a new system, Fuller said the learning curve is significant. There are few similarities between what he played with the Titans and Lions to what the Patriots do. The terminology is different.
"The coaches have been very helpful, the players have been very helpful and hopefully I get it," he said, adding that he'll continue that process over the next two days with film study and more meetings.
Fuller said the Patriots had kept in touch with his agent after he worked out for them earlier in the year, so he knew it was a possibility he could get a call.
His impressions of the organization?
"That they win," he answered. "That's basically the bottom line. I've always had a lot of admiration and respect for Coach Belichick and the staff and the way they run their program. Just coming in here and hopefully getting the opportunity to help is something I look forward to doing."