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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Belichick on Carter, Collins & more

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few relevant sound bites and notes from Bill Belichick’s weekly Wednesday news conference:

On signing veteran defensive end Andre Carter: “We have a lot of respect for Andre. He’s a hard-working guy who has given us great leadership in the past. He’s a good teammate; everyone loves Andre. In the end, it still comes down to performance on the field and all that. We’ll see.”

No change in status of reserve-list players: Asked if defensive tackle Armond Armstead (non-football illness) and receiver Mark Harrison (not-football injury) might start practicing, Belichick said there was no change in their status, meaning they will not practice.

Progress for running back Shane Vereen: Belichick said Vereen continues to rehabilitate (broken wrist) but he isn’t yet at a point where he could practice. “I don’t think that’s too far off,” he said.

Rookie Jamie Collins shows up with extended reps: The Patriots’ top draft pick played 15 snaps against the Jets on Sunday, and Belichick saw some positive signs. “I thought he played hard and made some plays, played aggressively and played with good power. We know he’s athletic, but I thought other parts of his game showed up. He’s getting better every week.”

On the 3-3 Dolphins, who have lost three straight: “It’s a good football team that’s had a couple tough weeks, which we can certainly relate to. I don’t think that diminishes a lot of good plays they’ve had this year.”