July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (right) signs autographs during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
The Patriots participated in their fourth practice of Training Camp 2012. Sunday marked the second consecutive practice that they were in pads. So far, guys like Brandon Lloyd and our two-first round choices are turning heads--while 'The Replacements' on the offensive line are making us turn our heads for all the wrong reasons.
Before the Patriots take a day off on Monday, some players spoke with reporters on a muggy Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Here's a few tidbits from those who spoke:
Second-Year running back Shane Vereen on the art of the screen pass
"I think it just fits into the offense. We've got to be able to do multiple things as an offense and we've got to be able to do them well. In order to do it well you've got to practice it."
"[It's] effective because it puts defenses on their heels, but it also just opens another chapter of our offense."
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Julian Edelman on his several roles he's been asked to perform
"It's typical of training camp. You're just going out there and trying to work on your fundamentals - doing what the coach asks you to do, going out there playing whatever they ask you to do and trying to do it to the best of your abilities. It's good to get out here and get out with your teammates and polish up what you've been working on in the offseason. It's exciting."
Punter Zoltan Mesko on whether there's a sense of community around camp
"It's good to struggle together and go through the ups and downs in camp. That's the way teams get gelling. We hope to come together at the point when the season starts."
Newly-Signed Defensive Tim Bulman on his first reactions when the Patriots gave him a call
"I was like, 'Oh, man. So it was like, 'Okay, it's happening. I told my wife and mom and I was like, 'Hey, I've got to roll.' They were like, 'What?'"
"It's great to be a part of a great organization. I was fortunate to be able to get an opportunity to work out for them. And I'm just very glad to have an opportunity to come to camp, compete, try to get better, try to do good things and possibly help this team out." (courtesy Boston Globe)