Monday, September 1, 2014
Siliga 'ready to get this thing going'
By Lee Schechter Special to ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few leftovers from the media access period in the New England Patriots' locker room on Monday:
Siliga ready for Sunday. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, who has been out with an injured left wrist since Aug. 5, is expecting to play in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins. “I feel great, I’m ready to get this thing going and ready to play on Sunday,” Siliga said. Siliga said he needs to shake off some rust after missing significant time. “It’s been about a month since I have taken my last snap, so that’s what today is for and the next few days -- to get back out there running around with the fellas and see what I can pick up.”
Ninkovich focusing on defense. With an opening at long-snapper on the active roster since Charley Hughlett is a member of the practice squad, defensive end Rob Ninkovich is the only player with experience in that role. “Whatever it is I’m doing, we all have multiple roles but again I’m going to focus in on playing defense and special teams,” Ninkovich said. “I’ve done [long-snapping], something that if there was ever an opportunity for me to go out there and do it, I can do it. I have done it before.” Ninkovich is confident in his ability to snap, if needed. “I’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s something I’ve always worked on and been able to use that and have it in my back pocket whenever there is an issue. If the snapper hurts his hand or something, I can go out there and get the job done.”
Wright tough on himself. Tight end Tim Wright’s toughest critic may be himself. When asked about what he did right and what he can improve on from his debut with the Patriots in Thursday’s preseason finale, he came down hard on himself. “Everything wasn’t done right. Playing fast, just going out there and doing my job. Catching balls and blocking doing whatever the coaches ask.” But Wright feels ready to contribute wherever the team wants him to play, whether that is at tight end or wide receiver. “I feel like I can be used in all types of ways, but it’s up to the coaches to determine that and see what fits best for me and my teammates,” he said. “Football is football at the end of the day. It’s a ball and whatever that description may entail, that’s what I will just go out there and try to do.”