New England Patriots Links 8/22/11 - Patriots Still Making Moves, Players Still Getting Comfortable

Mark Farinella reports Andre Carter is big on results, not stats.

"I think that when you play this game, it's always great to be multidimensional whether it's stopping the run or getting after the passer," he said. "That's something I've always prided myself at being able to do since I've started to play this sport. And I've just continued to build my game from then on."

"It was all about opportunity," he said. "When coach Belichick called me and said he knew my potential, I was all for it. It wasn't a question of 3-4 or 4-3 he just knew as far as my work ethic, as far as my talent and what I can contribute, I think those aspects played a big part in my coming here."

"It was just a matter of knowing the system and getting my football legs back," he said. "It took a minute when I first came in the first week, I really didn't take that many reps. And I know the coaches were just slowly trying to progress me into the system. Now it's just a day-to-day process and I'm just very grateful to have the opportunity to come here and work hard."

Ian Rapoport notes Shaun Ellis wasn't unfamiliar with what he saw in front of him in his first practice as a Patriot.

"There were no surprises," said Ellis, who played for the Jets from 2000 to 2010. "I’ve kind of been through it before. I was born into this family with (Bill) Parcells, being drafted by him and going through that period my rookie year. And then going through it with (Eric) Mangini. I’m getting back into the swing of things."

After watching his linemates dominate each of the past two preseason games up front... "It made me want to be a part of it that much more," Ellis said. "We have a lot of guys that can stop the run and also get after the quarterback. A lot of talent. Just want to contribute the best way I can."

Erik Scalavino reports James Ihedigbo is excited to join the Patriots.

"Wherever they need me to play. I'm just going to go out and bring my intensity, my energy, and the way this game is designed to be played, fast and physical, to this defense," Ihedigbo told reporters after his first workout with his new team.

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