New England Patriots Links 12/30/11 - Patriots Keep YAC-ing Away

Shalise Manza Young hears from Kevin Faulk on the importance of yards after the catch.

"The greatest feeling in the world is getting extra yards during a play,’’ said Patriots running back Kevin Faulk. "Because the play is blocked to get you so many yards, and after that it’s all on you. And there’s usually one guy unblocked every time that you have to make miss.’’

"One of Bill [Belichick’s] favorite comments is, ‘Know when the journey’s over.’

"So, you’re taught to get your yards after contact, but at the same time be smart and know when to get down.’’

"First downs. Count how many first downs you get in one run - that’s one or two first downs you don’t have to get [later in a drive],’’ Faulk said. "One play’’ - he snaps his fingers - "and you’ve got two first downs already.

"It’s something that you talk about all the time. Don’t just make the play, try to get some yards after the play. So, it’s a good thing.’’

Ian Rapoport says Vince Wilfork Wilfork isn’t lying when he talks up the Bills. They are coming off a big win last week against Denver.

"I’m on to Buffalo and these guys, we owe them one," Wilfork said. "They beat us earlier this season. Pretty sure they’re riding high coming in. They haven’t been beating us a lot lately, but I’m pretty sure that feels good lately to come in and sweep us and win two game sand regardless of the records. To be able to come in and sweet a division rival, pretty sweet. So, I’m pretty sure they coming in, thinking they have a real good shot, which they do."

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