"Since the day I was drafted here, the Kraft family really told me to be a good football player but they also stressed to me to be good in the community and give back. It feels so fortunate to be in a great place like this – just to have role models like these past winners [Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Matt Light], Mr. Kraft and most importantly, Mrs. Myra Kraft. Not only did she give with her funds and things like that but her time. She was on the front lines, digging the holes, putting the trees up and things like that. Just seeing examples like that really means a lot to me and hopefully I can be an example for these younger guys. I appreciate it."
"It means a lot. When I first got here to New England I really looked up to guys like Kevin Faulk and Vince Wilfork. I saw the community work that they did and I just felt like I needed to give back as well. It starts with Mr. Kraft and Mrs. Kraft. Those guys were great examples and hopefully I'll continue to do it."
"I feel so blessed and fortunate to be in the position that I'm in, and feel like it's the best that I can do, to give back and see the smiles on the kids' faces. I'm all about the kids. "
Chris Forsberg reports Kevin Faulk acknowledged that he'll probably start the season on the PUP list, and how hard it is to be a spectator.
"When you’re a player and you've been doing it for this long, you understand the business and understand the game, so you accept your role and move on," Faulk said while addressing reporters before the Patriots' Kickoff Gala Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium. "Keep getting better [while on the PUP list], each and every day, and wait to see when your opportunity comes again. That's been my role for the past 13 years."
- Ask PFW: Let's make a deal.
- Erik Scalavino reports Wes Welker was absent from practice yesterday and shares some notes from Tuesday at Gillette.
- Jerod Mayo was recognized as the 2011 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award winner.
- Bill Belichick Press Conference (18.02 min. video) plus Transcript.
- Patriots Today - Annual Kickoff Gala. (1.27 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Roster down to 80 players. (2.40 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Practice comings and goings. (1.50 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Thoughts from Chung, Welker. (3.36 min. video)
- Chris Forsberg reports Jerod Mayo received the Ron Burton community Service Award during the team's annual Charitable Foundation Kickoff Gala last night.
- Ian Rapoport notes Jerod Mayo is only beginning his fourth season in NE, but he’s already making a sizable impact on the community.
- Ian Rapoport writes the Patriots WRs' performances in the Detroit game shows they have a lot of work left to do.
- Shalise Manza Young notes Chad Ochocinco is confident he will catch on as quickly as possible.
- Karen Guregian says that for Chad Ochocinco, knowledge is power, and Troy Brown explains why the Pats' offense is so different.
- Chris Gasper now thinks Chad Ochocinco should go back to who he was before, because now he's not himself on or off the field.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots cut LB Marques Murrell and WR Jeremy Ross.
- Shalise Manza Young peeks in at Thursday's practice to note Mike Wright, Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher returned to the field.
- Dan Duggan reports Logan Mankins wasn't the least bit phased when Lions' DE Lawrence Jackson labeled him "a dirty bastard". Maybe Suh will explain it to him.
- Chris Forsberg reports Patriots newest WR Tiquan Underwood, friends with Devin McCourty and Alex Silvestro, is hoping to help the team and learn the playbook.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots mailbag, noting there was a bit less optimism from this batch of readers.
- Karen Guregian reports Robert Kraft is happy football is back and is optimistic about the season, despite the effort in Detroit.
- AP Report (ESPNBoston) With Gillette aglow, Foxborough in dark. Robert Kraft didn't get special treatment, it's all about the substations.
- Mike Reiss cleans out his Patriots notebook.
- Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: Wes Welker won't say when he'll play after suffering a neck injury Saturday night, but says he feels fine and is awaiting orders from his coaches and trainers; Kevin Faulk is resigned to being placed on PUP for six weeks; Who's in and who's out at practice; Belichick thinks they have a number of players at safety that have played well at that position; Pat Chung wishes his great friend James Sanders the best.
- MJD (Yahoo! Sports) Chad Ochocinco sleeps underneath a whole bunch of fish.
- Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly) One man's forecast for 2011 season. Patriots will outscore the Packers in a wild Super Bowl XLVI.
- Mark Chalifoux (ESPN) America's first professional tailgater. Neat article.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) James Sanders joins the Falcons.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballtalk) Teams face fines for certain on-field infractions by their players.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Fines for on-field misconduct totaled $2.9 million in 2010.