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Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 6/09/09

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<em>Richard Seymour celebrates after recovering a fumble in the final two minutes of play against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7, 2008. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Seattle 24-21.</em>
Richard Seymour celebrates after recovering a fumble in the final two minutes of play against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7, 2008. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Seattle 24-21.

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Erik Scalavino notes Richard Seymour, also in the last year of his contract, feels he will be better than last year.

"I’m looking to build on that at this point. That’s my focus," Seymour said Monday at the golf tourney. "Statistics can be misleading, but at the same time, I said before that season that I felt a lot better, and the statistics spoke for themselves. I matched my career high for sacks and tackles. I’m looking to be better than that this season because I’ve put in the work and I’ve been able to train.

"I’m 29 years old now and I really feel better than I did as a rookie. Total body-wise, I feel great. I’m stronger, I’m leaner. I just feel good all the way around. I’m definitely looking for big things this season. I’m at the end of my contract and I’m in a great situation. I know the ability and talent I have."

Karen Guregian reports Patriots' owner Robert Kraft's thoughts on the Vince Wilfork situation.

"I’m a big fan of Vince Wilfork. Unfortunately, the business part of this game, this is something that goes on every year with most teams," Kraft said. "We’re lucky to have Vince. I hope he’s here for the long term. These things usually have a way of working themselves out. We’re privileged to have some pretty good football people making the decisions.

"We’re in a unique period in the evolution of the labor relations, so there is a lot of things factoring in here. But in the end, everyone should know that the Patriots are always trying to make decisions to put our franchise and team in the best position to win consistently. That’s what our mantra is."

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