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New England Patriots Links 10/29/09 - Meriweather Humbled by NFL Honor; Brandon Tate Wants to Tear Up The Field

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<em>Brandon Meriweather ntercepts his second pass of the day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium.</em>
Brandon Meriweather ntercepts his second pass of the day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium.

Albert Breer reports Brandon Meriweather seemed more impressed with Rodney Harrison's words of praise, than for the NFL award.

What he was a bit more willing to talk about was Rodney Harrison, the man who mentored Meriweather in his first two years in the league. Harrison was asked who the Patriots' defensive leader is on NBC's Football Night in America, and quickly responded, ""Brandon Meriweather. He's a playmaker. Not only is he a defensive leader but right now he's the MVP of that team. ... I think he and Brian Dawkins are probably playing the best of any safety in the AFC right now."

So how did that feel? "It means a lot," Meriweather said. "But you always gotta take things with a grain of salt. I can’t look at it too hard, because when you start to look at things too hard, then you start to play like it, you fall off, your head gets big. I’m trying to stay humble, and just continue doing what I been doing."

Adam Kilgore catches up with rookie WR  Brandon Tate, who made his NFL debut on Sunday.

In Tate, the Patriots may have a draft steal. At North Carolina, he set an NCAA record for combined kickoff and punt-return yards with 3,523. He played alongside Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks and gained 23.5 yards per catch his senior season.

"When he got injured last year, he might have been, conceivably, the most exciting, electrifying player in college football,’’ said North Carolina coach Butch Davis.

"Had Brandon not gotten hurt, Brandon would have been a first-rounder, in my opinion,’’ said UNC wide receivers coach Charlie Williams. "He was tearing it up - tearing it up - early in the season.’’

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