New England Patriots Links 7/25/11 - Wait For It...

Peter King mentions that "several from the players' side singled out Patriots owner Bob Kraft for his role in getting momentum going when there was very little last spring."

As one of the key members of the players' side told me: "He told us, 'I'm not going to hope either side makes a bad deal, because then our relationship suffers, and then the whole business suffers. And my family's going to own this team for years and years. We want to see it healthy for both sides.' That registered with us. He's a real deal-maker.''

Kevin Foote (Daily World) Kevin Faulk facing questions as well.

"Like everybody else, I'm kind of waiting to see what's going to happen," Faulk said. "I've heard a lot of different people speculating on the answers to those questions, but it's hard to say. We just have to get back to it and see how it goes."

So it was going to be a unique offseason for Faulk anyway as he attempted to recover in time for the 2011 season. Not being able to work with and get advice from the Patriots' training team during the owners lockout, though, complicated his recovery.

"I'm a football player," Faulk said. "All I know is hard work. That's the only way I've ever known how to do things. But those guys (trainers) are professionals. They know what they're doing. "If I'm feeling soreness, I might figure that's just part of football and keeping fighting through it. Those guys know how to deal with it. Not being able to communicate with those guys definitely made it tougher for me."

"I don't really know what to expect," Faulk said. "For me, the important thing right now is to get back on the field, take a hit and get through the mental part of it."

One thing Faulk is convinced of, however, is the typical NFL offseason of the past was much more useful than some recent analysis has portrayed.

"I think it's very crucial," Faulk said. "I hear people saying that it's not important, but I think it's very important for a lot of reasons. First of all, you get a feel for the new players on your team. It's more than just going through the mini-camps and the OTAs. You're building a team."

"Even when you're just working out together in the offseason, you're building your team. You're building trust and faith in one another when you see your teammates working hard. It's very important."

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