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New England Patriots Links 7/09/10 - Sammy Morris Takes It One Year At A Time

<em>RB <a href="">Sammy Morris</a> fights for yards against the Texans</em>.
RB Sammy Morris fights for yards against the Texans.

Monique Walker catches up with RB Sammy Morris, who's taking the NFL one year at a time.

"As long as they’ll still have me,’’ said Morris when asked how long he’ll play. "When I first got in the league I always said if I played 10 years that would be the best possible scenario. Now that I’ve passed that, I don’t look at it as I want to play until year 13 or whatever. Each year is its own entity.

As long as I still feel good and as long as a team will still have me, I’m playing as long as I can. I felt as good going into this upcoming training camp as any other one.’’

Morris, who played at Texas Tech, will have the opportunity to test his coaching skills at his camp July 15-17 at the Army Field in Foxborough. Morris will team with friend and former Redskins linebacker Devin Lemons for the three-day camp for players ages 8 to 18. The camp is important to Morris, who said he didn’t have the opportunity to participate in similar clinics when he was young.

"There was never an NFL team or even player presence in the [San Antonio] area when I was growing up,’’ he said. "Really, I got my work done just actually playing and practicing . . . and kind of looking back on it I always wished there was something else that I could have done to improve my skills early on and improve on the foundation.

"I’ve always found and felt there’s always room to improve and things you can learn and people you can learn from. I wanted to do that in an area that was special to me.’’

Erik Scalavino profiles fifth-round draft pick P Zoltan Mesko.

"That’s the thing about Zoltan," [Wolverines Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Tony] Gibson remarked two days later. "While other guys on our squad were having draft parties and celebrating and hanging out, he was in the weight room working out and running. That’s just the kind of kid he is."

"He’s a great person, great leader, very intelligent kid," Gibson continued. "He was a great example on and off the field, did a lot in the community, for the local children’s hospital, academic All-America ... As far as character, the stuff going on with the scrutiny of players in the NFL, this guy is what you want. You couldn’t ask for a better role model for young kids.

"His work ethic is unbelievable," added Gibson. "He lifts weights and gets after it like a linebacker or tight end. You wouldn’t know he was a punter seeing him in the weight room."

Knowing what they had in the 6-4, 240-pound punter, the new Michigan coaches quickly found various ways to use him. Mesko served as the holder on field goals and extra points which allowed the Wolverines to present the threat of a fake on every attempt — something that’s not always an option with smaller players. Mesko’s athleticism allowed him to execute a pair of successful running fakes at Michigan, and Gibson contends that he also has a good enough arm to throw the ball.

What about tackling ability?  "He can hurt some people if he hits them clean," Gibson laughed.