New England Patriots Links 12/23/11 - Patrick Chung Primed For Return

Mike Reiss reports Patrick Chung "never, never, never" wondered if his season could have been over.

How would you describe the last six games, not being able to join your teammates? "Watching us win, it feels awesome. I wasn't part of it but we're winning. We're a team, not individuals here. I'm not worried about that. We're winning."

Have you felt like you've been close? "It's just a day to day process. Keep working. Keep doing whatever I have to do to get better."

Is talking today a sign that you might play Saturday? "You can think what you want of that [laughing], but I feel good and I'm working hard."

Did a week off from practice last week really help? "Yeah, any time you get time to make your body heal, it's going to help, regardless of whether it's a couple hours, it's a day or a week. It definitely helped."

What are your thoughts on the new players in the secondary? "My thoughts are fine. I'm going to tell you the same thing every week. We're in the same room, learning the same things. So there is no excuse of 'I don't know this' or 'I didn't get that.' We're in the same room. I have confidence in anybody that's playing."

Thoughts on Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman playing defense? "Slater has been our honorary D boy. He's been a defensive back. Then Julian ... I really wasn't worried about those guys. I talked to Julian and said 'I have some faith in you, man.' He's been making plays."

Mike Reiss notes new Patriots safety Vincent Fuller hopes to seize his chance in New England.

So how does Fuller turn the switch to being a contributor after missing most of the year? "It's being a professional," he said. "I was at home working out and preparaing as if I would be able to play in the next couple of weeks. Being a professional, hopefully that allows me to come in and help."

"The coaches have been very helpful, the players have been very helpful and hopefully I get it," he said, adding that he'll continue that process over the next two days with film study and more meetings."

His impressions of the organization? "That they win," he answered. "That's basically the bottom line. I've always had a lot of admiration and respect for Coach Belichick and the staff and the way they run their program. Just coming in here and hopefully getting the opportunity to help is something I look forward to doing."

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