New England Patriots Links 9/04/09 - Hoyer Leads Patriots over Giants 38-27 in Comeback Win

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing his way for a touchdown, and perhaps a roster spot?

Bill Belichick Post Game Press Conference (5 min. video plus transcript)

BB: OK, well that’s, I thought, a good way for us to end the preseason. Obviously, spotting them 21 points isn’t the way we want to start the game. But I thought we came back, competed hard and played at a good level after we kind of got the things righted a little bit there in the second quarter. And then at halftime, I was proud of the way those guys played. We moved the ball, made some stops on defense. We didn’t turn it over. We took care of it and we were able to make some plays when we had to - some big plays. So it was good. Those guys showed me a lot out there that played tonight - 34 of them, or whatever it was. [It is] time to move on. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of decisions to make and get ready here for Buffalo. We’re going to have to turn the page here pretty quickly. I thought those guys did a good job tonight, I really did.

Q: What went into your decision tonight to play Brian Hoyer all game?

BB: We just wanted to see him play, see the different situations and, as it got going, I thought he would learn from the ones that came up all throughout the game.

NFL Game Center:  New York Giants at New England Patriots.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a force: The Patriots kept five running backs last season and again look to be loaded in the backfield with Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris and Green-Ellis. That said, there is a chance the Patriots will have to cut one from that group. Green-Ellis capped a strong preseason (5.1 yards per carry) with three touchdowns and 147 yards from scrimmage, meaning Morris could be the odd man out. The nine-year veteran, who was the Patriots' leading rusher last season, didn't take the field in the preseason because of an injury.

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