Thursday, December 27, 2012
Quick hits from the locker room
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There were seven players who strolled into the New England Patriots locker room on Thursday as newly selected Pro Bowlers. Here is some reaction from a few of them, plus some other nuggets from Thursday's open locker room:
Snubs in New England, too? The Patriots' seven selections to the Pro Bowl were the third-highest in the NFL, but one of those selections, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, says there are other Patriots players who feel like they were snubbed for the honor. "There are some guys that probably got snubbed around the league. I know there's a couple of guys out here who feel like they have been snubbed," Wilfork said.
Welker credits team for honor. Wide receiver Wes Welker is playing under the franchise tag this year, and as soon as the Patriots' season ends, the talk will start about Welker's pending free agency. He'll surely use the fact that he's been selected to the last five consecutive Pro Bowls in negotiations over his next contract, but on Thursday, Welker attributed his Pro Bowl nod to the success of the team. "I think it's a good reflection of our whole team, and everybody coming out and trying to execute their job to the best of their ability. It's more of a team thing than really an individual thing around here," Welker said.
Slater reels in second straight Pro Bowl nod. In this new era of the Pro Bowl where the game is played before the Super Bowl, special teams captain Matthew Slater delivered a response you wouldn't have heard from most players in the past. "Well, I didn't get to go last year. Hopefully I don't get to go this year," Slater said. "I'd rather be eating gumbo in New Orleans than pineapple in Hawaii."
Positive sign for Talib? After being limited to eight snaps in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Aqib Talib was on the practice field on Thursday for the team's first full session of the week. Afterward, Talib spoke to reporters, and was asked about the hip injury. "I'm definitely getting better. Working every day trying to get better," Talib said. "We'll see what happens." Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who did not travel to Jacksonville with a knee injury, was also in the locker room.