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<em>LB Gary Guyton is young, fast, improving and a keeper, shown here bringing down Texans RB Arian Foster</em>.
LB Gary Guyton is young, fast, improving and a keeper, shown here bringing down Texans RB Arian Foster.

Ian Rapoport catches up with LB Gary Guyton at a charity event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

"This whole offseason is just about relaxing a little bit, taking time to see family and friends - that’s what’s important to me," said Guyton, the Georgia Tech product. "Besides that, gradually get back to working out, doing what I can to get my body back in top performance shape. Actually all it takes is time. I didn’t get too beat up. Everybody has bumps and bruises, so just sit back and let those heal."

Guyton, who is an exclusive rights free agent, made strides in 2009 with 85 tackles and two sacks while also spending time as the primary play-caller in Jerod Mayo’s absence. While he avoided questions about the prospects for 2010 and the vacant defensive coordinator job, Guyton did say that linebackers coach Matt Patricia, the leading in-house candidate, is one reason for his improvement.

"Matt Patricia’s a good dude," Guyton said. "A good guy, a good coach. I thank him a lot for taking me under his wing and teaching me what he knows about the game."

Christian Fauria disuptes Joey Galloway's assertions that he struggled in New England because of the limited role he was asked to play.

"Here's Joey Galloway's problem: He couldn't get the offense," Fauria told Felger. "That first game against Buffalo . . . the first thing he said to me was, 'Man, this is tough. This is harder than I thought.'

"It had nothing to do with the fact that he was the third wide receiver. If he gets open, they're going to get him the ball. The fact is, he didn't know where to line up . . . He's not used to being a third receiver. He's always [been the] No. 1 receiver. Now you say, 'Hey, Joey, guess what. You gotta learn the X, you gotta know the Z, you gotta know the F, you gotta know all these positions. You just can't line up as the Z any more.'

"To me, he didn't even look as fast as he used to. Why? Because he didn't know where he was going. It had nothing to do with his speed, or [that he was] losing a step; he just didn't get it.