McGinest shared his biggest takeaway from Bill Belichick's message during his own playing days in New England, saying it was, "Work hard, be accountable, be professional, and it wasn’t about one particular guy."
Fauria offered up his first impression upon arriving in 2002: "What I saw when I got there was how connected everyone was in the locker room."
That led Vereen (looking sharp in his bow tie, by the way) and Ridley to relay that things are similar in the current locker room.
“It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least," Vereen said, before sharing what stood out to him the most: "The first team meeting [and Coach Belichick said the] train is leaving whether you’re on it or not."
As for the Patriots' two free-agent signings this past week, cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, Vereen said they are two more pieces to the puzzle. Ridley then touched on the two key pieces.
"Any time Bill and Tom [Brady] are together, you have a shot," he said, before adding it takes a complete team to accomplish the ultimate goal.