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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Vereen, Ridley on 'Dynasty Week'

By Mike Reiss

As part of NFL Network's "Dynasty Week" series, one team has been highlighted each week. This past week spotlighted the Patriots.

Among those with Patriots ties in studio included receiver Deion Branch and running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley.

In a segment on the "Total Access" program Friday night, Vereen and Ridley teamed up with former Patriots Willie McGinest and Christian Fauria for a roundtable discussion.

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.