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A walkthrough week for Patriots

9/10/2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With a quick turnaround to prepare for Thursday night's home opener against the New York Jets, the New England Patriots will hold only walkthrough practices this week.

A walkthrough is a slower-paced practice in which players are usually in shorts and T-shirts, and is focused more on the mental side of the game. This isn't anything out of the norm for a Bill Belichick-coached team when facing a short week of preparation.

"We feel like this is the best way to do it," Belichick said.

A few other soundbites from Belichick:

How he handles Stevan Ridley's fumbling issue and if he talks to him: "I've talked to Stevan. Look, every player has the same responsibility every week -- be ready to play, be ready to go. That's their job. They can't control coaching decisions. They control their preparation and they control their performance when they're in the game."

Impressions of Jets quarterback Geno Smith: "I thought he played well in the preseason, limited opportunity, and I thought he played very well against Tampa last week. He ran well, he threw well, made good decisions, and moved the team at critical points in the game. That's the most important thing; made the plays that he needed to make to win."

His plans on handling the loss of Shane Vereen: "Whatever players are active for the game, I expect them all to be prepared and ready to play. We'll see how it all turns out."