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New England Patriots Links 4/04/11 - Patriots Players Keeping Busy During Lockout

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Mike Reiss notes Zoltan Mesko comments on hitting the rookie wall last season.

"I remember the specific point where I was like ‘Wow, this is a long season.’ I actually hit it during the first half of the Green Bay game [on Dec. 19]," Mesko said.

"I was like ‘You’ve come so far and you get here for a reason.’ I told myself that I had what it took to finish the season because I had never quit on anything. If I fell down, then I got back up. I kind of stick to my guns there in terms of adapting that formula to everything," he explained.

"It was definitely a big learning curve. A lot was thrown at me. It took me a couple months to get used to the whole routine," he said. "I was very pleased with how I punted going into such a long stretch of a season, because it was a long season. I did hit that rookie wall, and I broke through it quickly enough to stay productive. I did have some lucky rolls, which I thank the man upstairs for. I had some great coverages by my teammates – Matt Slater, [Sergio] Brown, they were great. I can’t say enough with the coaching staff, they always kept me on the fence about things, to never become complacent.

"It was definitely a new experience for me. What I pride myself on is adapting quickly and I’m just very excited to take my lessons from the first year and put them to my second year and improve that much more. On the team, I’m really excited for the core group of guys we have coming back. The amount of talent that’s with the players and the coaches’ work ethic is what has made the New England Patriots a dominating franchise in the past decade. I’m very excited to be part of such a successful organization the following year."

Mike Reiss reports Kyle Arrington has been working out in Maryland during the lockout and is focused on his quest for a starting role at CB.

"Competition. Great competition," he said. "With [Patriots coach] Bill [Belichick], whoever is playing well, that's who is going to play. There is no favoritism with Bill. "I'm going to try to come out better next year. It was a great learning experience this year and I am going to try to build on that and be even better, which I know I am capable of being."

Ian Rapoport catches up with Sergio Brown at a charity event.

"Just been hanging out with my mom, working out, trying to stay busy," said Brown, during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event at Dillon’s Restaurant to raise money for childhood cancer research. "I’m used to having something to do all the time, and now everything slowed down a lot."