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New England Patriots Links 6/08/10 - Pat Chung Working On All Phases Of His Game

Shalise Manza Young reports safety Patrick Chung acknowledges that it was his own fault his playing time declined last year.

"Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed [seeing his playing time diminish],’’ he said. "I have to know what I’m doing. Everyone has to know what they’re doing to be able to go on the field. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to be on the field. So that was all my fault. Wasn’t disappointed, wasn’t mad. It’s my fault. I have to take responsibility for that. It’s just knowing your stuff. If you know your stuff, you’re going to play.’’

Chung spent some time this offseason at home in California, but mostly was at Gillette Stadium, diligently working on all facets of his game, on the field and off. "You can’t work on just one — if you’re smart you have to get there fast, and if you’re fast you have to be smart,’’ Chung said, adding that if he spent all his time in the film room, opponents would be getting stronger and quicker; if he was only working on getting stronger and quicker, others would be in the film room.

"You’ve got to learn to relax, learn to slow down, and it all comes from knowing your playbook,’’ he said. "If you don’t know your playbook, then you’re going to be tense. If you know your playbook, it’s just like you’re playing football.’’

Erik Scalavino talks about media day at yesterday's OTAs noting Welker wasn't surprised at how soon he was able to get back on the practice field.

"I don’t know what my expectations were. I’ve been trying to push it since day one and get back as early as possible. Just getting out there with my teammates, and trying to get as many reps as I can to get a little muscle memory. I feel pretty good out there … I still need to get back in the groove of playing ball and things like that, but overall, it’s feeling all right right now."

"I don’t look at it as over-doing it, I look at it as pushing myself. I always feel confident, so, I wouldn’t be out there if I didn’t feel confident. I know that my coaches and teammates have confidence in me just like I do them. We’re just going to move along as quickly as we can."

Andy Hart offers his own observations of yesterday's practice.

During some down time when he wasn’t involved with a team drill on offense, Torry Holt could be seen showing off his headstand skills for fellow aged wide receiver David Patten. Holt seems to be a very demonstrative guy who likes to have fun engaging his teammates on the field. It may be rubbing off, as later in practice Julian Edelman was seen doing handstand pushups. Not sure this is exactly what we all had in mind when we talked about Holt serving as a mentor to the young receivers, but who knows.