New England Patriots Links 7/05/12 - Mallett Conditioned For Success; Carpenter Ready For High Expectations

Ryan Mallett shows off his rubber-armed "I'm Gumby damn it" technique.

Jeff Howe reports Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is impressed with Ryan Mallett's conditioning level after his first year in the NFL.

"He’s really down in weight," Petrino said. "He looks in great shape. He looks like he’s keeping himself in great shape because he still comes around here quite a bit. Obviously, I think he’s matured a ton, and I think that happened a lot while he was here. I think his upside is going to be very, very high. He’s just got to hang in there and keep learning, keep learning from the best and some day when you get your shot, you’ve got to make it work."

"From everything I hear, he’s getting better and better, working his tail off and doing all the right things," Petrino said. "I’m sure that’s going to pay off for him."

". . . I think he just needs to keep learning, doing everything they tell him, and I think his potential is he’s going to be a starter and a real good player. That’s my belief."

Chris Miles (Eagle-Gazette) Former LHS, Ohio State standout Carpenter happy with where he's at in NFL, life.

"It's a great opportunity to get a chance to play on a winning football team and for an organization that has done so well over the last decade," Carpenter said.

"Each season is different," he said. "Rosters turn over a lot, but the expectations in New England are always high."

"A few other teams were interested, but New England was the team that showed the most interest and coach Belichick is one of the best coaches in football," he said. "I'm excited to have to opportunity to play there."

"We'll see how it goes," he said. "I got a chance to work hard and show what I'm capable of doing. Hopefully, my play will speak for itself."

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