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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson made some headlines recently in stating that no Patriots defensive back could cover him, but Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib hasn't been paying attention, as he had no response to the remarks when asked about them Thursday.
"I don't watch NFL Network or read the newspapers during the season," he said. "I'm a basketball fan, so my TV pretty much stays on NBA TV and I don't really read what nobody says."
Asked if the comments give him any extra motivation to perform well this Sunday, Talib offered, "I didn't hear it. I don't really read into it, so I guess it is what it is."
While Talib wasn't interested in engaging in an exchange of words with Johnson before Sunday's contest, he had plenty of praise for the talented wideout.
"He definitely demands a lot from a defense," he said. "He's a good receiver, we're preparing for him."
"He's sharp on his routes," Talib added. "He's really good in his releases off the line, so we've just gotta, you know, prepare for him."
As far as gearing up for the start of his sixth pro season, Talib said the season opener is no different than any other for him from an emotional mindset standpoint.
"Every game, man, it's the same thing man," he said. "You get the same jitters, same nervousness, man. Every game."