Alge Crumpler comes to the Patriots 'young at heart'. Hope the rest of him feels that way too.
Tom E. Curran took notes as a slimmed down Crumpler met with the media for the first time as a Patriot.
"Perception's everything," Crumpler said of his new look. "I wanted to make sure I was in the physical condition to walk into the locker room and be able to work. I wanted to get around guys and show I can lead by example. Admittedly, I hadn't done a lot early in the offseason, I was resting my body and I just felt like I wasn't [ready] to come into a locker room and be behind and I didn't want to give that perception so I was able to work that out."
Crumpler said he had extensive phone contact with Bill Belichick before signing here and that expectations were well-defined, even if Crumpler wasn't.
He now expects his role in Tennessee as an in-line blocker - really an extra offensive tackle - is going to be altered. That change made him affect a change in his conditioning, which he feels is for the better.
"I don't want to say I was out of shape," Crumpler said. "I was very effective playing in the role that I was in the last couple of years. I fit that system really well and did things I was asked to do."
Crumpler said he had no issue going from target to battering ram with the Titans. "As long as I had a role that was communicated to me, I was totally fine with it," he said. "I think it only hurt the feelings of the people that picked me in fantasy football. It didn't hurt my feelings. I had a role defined and went out and tried to be best [at it]."
"Nobody's ever been drafted that the coach didn't want to be here," he said. "When I get an opportunity to work with younger guys, it keeps me sharp. I like teaching. That's one of the things that comes natural . . . I feel young at heart, feel good about stepping into new a new situation and I know it'll be a great one."
John Clayton (ESPN) AFC East dominates the offseason.
Vince Wilfork headed a list of 10 potential unrestricted free agents. Owner Robert Kraft invested $84.414 million in contracts to re-sign Wilfork, guard Stephen Neal, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, cornerback Leigh Bodden and running back Kevin Faulk. The only losses -- tight end Benjamin Watson and defensive end Jarvis Green -- were replaceable.did the best. Re-signings aren't sexy to fans, but the Patriots faced a difficult challenge before free agency began. Nose tackle
Belichick may not have hit home runs in the draft, but he loaded the bases with plenty of singles. The Patriots needed to add a cornerback with the additions of Holmes and Marshall to the AFC East, so they drafted Devin McCourty in the first round. Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes give the Patriots much-needed youth at linebacker. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez more than fill the void at tight end created by Watson's departure. The Patriots added a dozen draft choices and have two firsts and two seconds next year. They've also beefed up their defensive line by signing Gerard Warren and Damione Lewis to one-year contracts, and added Alge Crumpler at tight end and Torry Holt at wide receiver.
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