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New England Patriots Links 5/23/11 - Checking in with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Wes Welker and Bill Belichick

The Meat Locker Sports has an in-depth interview with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Here is a sample, but the entire piece is worth a re

"Coming into the draft after the season they have a grading system, and on that grading system I was figured into the 3rd or 4th round. It was a real funny year and with the draft, it is what it is. It just didn’t pan out the way I wanted it to. I just had to pick up the pieces and keep moving on."

"I’ve always been the type of person to put in the effort to work hard and to do things that would allow me to become successful. Hard work is something that kind of comes along with the area I come from. Being from New Orleans, the odds are against us… We weren’t supposed to make it out of the city, we were supposed to be dealing drugs or something like that. Your back was always against the wall, you had no choice but to go out there and work hard to try and not become a statistic."

"Every week, you’re supposed to be ready… You never know when your time comes and when your time comes, you just need to be prepared and ready to perform."

"I don’t need anything to motivate me or anything like that, I will just always maintain my energy level and let my work show for itself."

"I hope that there’s a season in 2011. We’re working hard to get back out there and be able to put the best product out on the field that we can. Even though we’re in a lockout situation, and we’re not able to work out at Gillette (stadium). All the players are still working hard to get back out there and perform."

Christopher Price reports that one year removed from rehab, Wes Welker is a completely different player.

"It’s been great. I’ve actually been able to train instead of rehabbing," he said Saturday morning during a break at his camp, held at Bishop Fenwick in Peabody. "It’s been a world of difference. I’ve actually been able to bench press for the first time. I’ve been able to squat because of my shoulder — I can reach back there to grab the bar. Some of those things are kind of key when it comes to football. I’m definitely excited about that and that’s encouraging to see. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use some of those skills I’m working on now during the season."

"I feel so much better. It’s been great, really. Being able to train ... I have confidence and everything. I feel good out there. The running, there’s no achiness. There’s none of that. It’s just being able to go out there and being able to do everything I’ve been able to do in the past and not have the aches and pains in the morning or anytime through it all. It’s been nice to see."

Ian Rapoport reports Bill Belichick has been trying to use the lockout time wisely.

"We got a few other little projects going on," Belichick told me last week. "Things that, sometimes you don’t have time to get to in the offseason that are interesting in one way or another. You try to allocate a little of time looking at those while you have it."

"(We’re) checking out things that other people are having success with and seeing if there’s anything we can use there."