- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Giacomini, who signed a free-agent contract Wednesday, grew up outside Boston and admitted Friday he grew up a Patriots fan -- a Drew Bledsoe fan, in particular. He was asked on a media conference call if there will be special emotions when he faces them twice in the upcoming season.
"It’ll defintely be fun after we win that game," he said. "I’ll tell my friends and family that are all Patriots fans to go kick some rocks after we win."
Giacomini signed a four-year, $18 million contract to replace Austin Howard, who bolted for the Oakland Raiders. Giacomini said his relationship with general manager John Idzik was one of the main reasons he signed. Giacomini came from the Seattle Seahawks, Idzik's previous team. Idzik was in charge of contracts for the Seahawks, and there was a lot of paperwork with Giacomini because he bounced up and down between the practice squad and the 53-man roster in 2010. That's how they got to know each other.
Some scouts say Giacomini is a better pass protector than Howard, but a notch below him as a run-blocker.
"I like to play pretty physical," Giacomini said. "I know that's the mentality they have there. I'm just going to try to play my role and get better every single play. I'm going to try to play with a little bit of nastiness I have in me. I'd play like an offensive lineman should play."