New England Patriots Links 8/15/11 - Pepper Johnson Excited About His Players and the Season.

Dane Fletcher gives Jaguars' rookie QB Blaine Gabbert a personal welcome to the NFL.

Pepper Johnson speaks to the local media about and coaching up the large numbers of new players and free agents brought in to camp.

"With all honesty, I thought our guys did a good job. We started slow, we started very slow, but our guys did a great job on the sideline being coachable. We made some adjustments and we were kind of skeptical about how guys were going to handle the sideline. There was no panic on the sideline and it showed out there on the field. The communication was decent; it was good for our first game, but he took charge in some certain situations and we were impressed.

[Mark Anderson is] a true professional. He was called on late to come out into the ballgame and I'm quite sure he wanted to play earlier in the ballgame, but preseason is what it is. The first time he gets out there on the field, he makes a difference. He looked really good.

"...Coach Belichick wants techniques taught, he wants the defense learned, and he wants to know who can learn it to the ability that they're, that they don't need a babysitter, they don't need someone to hold their hand while they're out there on the football field. That's my job - to find out what guys can handle all the information and how do you teach them. Some guys, you can just hand them a piece of paper and they can read about techniques and that's good with them. Some guys need diagrams; some guys need on-field training. I find out which is which, how do they learn best, and take them to the drills."

Mike Reiss reports Tom Brady is enjoying life with Chad Ochocinco.

"With Deion [Branch] and Wes [Welker], I’ve played with them for so long, they know exactly what I’m thinking and why I’m thinking that," Brady said on the "Dennis & Callahan" program, in which he was interviewed by John Dennis and Dale Arnold.

"With Chad, he’s been in a certain place for a long time. The way he’s played the game has been quite a bit different from the way we play the game. I think a lot of [it] is for him to understand what I’m thinking so we can always be on the same page. There are a lot of things that happen out there in the game that don’t happen in practice. It’s really been a crash course in that."

"He’s doing as good as you could hope. It’s an entirely new language," he responded. "He’s a hard worker. He wants to do it. He’s very competitive. It’s really fun to be out there with him, because he wants the ball, he wants to practice, he wants to be out there and do it right, because he really wants us to be able to rely on him.

"It’s been great for Deion and Wes, and for Julian [Edelman], that whole receiver group, it’s very competitive out there."




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