Mike Rodak reports Anthony Gonzales says the Pats were a 'perfect fit' for him to land in free agency.
"This is my first time as a free agent, I didn't know what was going to happen, I didn't know how it worked," Gonzalez said. "The phone call early was great, and somewhat surprising, but it was the one I was hoping to get, to be honest, when I evaluated free agency and different teams and how I thought I would fit culturally, and also from an offense standpoint, this was one that I had targeted. To have the interest be mutual, that worked out well."
"I'm excited to be here. It's probably the best professional football environment that there is," he said. "Just being in the NFL and being on the other side of that rivalry for a while, there's not like a hatred or anything, it's more of a respect. As you learn more about the teams you are playing, especially this one, you kind of get an appreciation for how they do things, and just the way it's run, and that sort of thing. To me it was the perfect fit in a lot of ways."
"My focus, whether it's with Tom or Brian or with anybody, is just to learn this offense as quickly as humanly possible," Gonzalez continued. "I know just from watching that it's a pretty complex, pretty involved offense, and the one in Indy was too, so that part doesn't worry me, but I do want to make sure that when it's time to get out on the field and go through things, that there's no hesitancy mentally, because if I don't know exactly what I'm doing, there's going to be problems."
Karen Guregian reports Matthew Slater knew there was only one place for him where he wanted to play.
"Well, my heart was here all along. I wanted to be here. I was just happy they felt the same way about me and they wanted me back," Slater said yesterday during a session with the media at Gillette Stadium.
"For me, it was a no-brainer. I’m just very thankful they wanted me back here and they’ve given me an opportunity to continue my career here, just as they did four years ago. They gave me an opportunity to keep playing football when maybe not a lot of people would have. I’m just thankful to be here."
"I think it’s important for us as a team to understand, we’re not a Super Bowl team at this point. This is a new team. This is not the 2011 team," Slater said. "We shouldn’t come in there expecting for teams . . . ‘Oh, that’s the Patriots. They were in the Super Bowl last year.’ We have to re-establish an identity. There’s new players. We have to create an identity for this 2012 team. We’re going to have to earn everything all over again. So we’re back at ground zero now. We have a lot of work to do."
"I’ll train the same way I’ve always trained if not harder because I know that the competition is out there and I have to go out there and prove myself year in and year out, and last year was last year," he said, "so I know I have to come in and work hard. If they ask me to play safety, put my hand in the ground, whatever it is, I’m going to be ready to do it."
- Erik Scalavino tackles the Ask PFW mailbag: All about the Draft.
- Patriots Today - Meet WR Anthony Gonzalez. (3.31 min. video)
- Patriots Today - HOF Committee convenes. (1.18 min. video)
- Player Interviews: Matthew Slater (7.05 min.) and Anthony Gonzalez (13.10 min.)
- PFW In Progress - Anthony Gonzalez joins the PFW crew in-studio; The NFL Draft is also a hot topic of discussion. (2 hour program)
- Shalise Manza Young notes that with his health issues behind him, Anthony Gonzalez is looking for a fresh start in New England.
- Karen Guregian says it's easy to see why Anthony Gonzalez wanted to play for the Patriots. After playing for a future Hall of Fame QB it's hard not to want more of the same.
- Shalise Manza Young reports Matthew Slater is thrilled he signed a three-year deal to remain with the Patriots.
- Christopher Price talks a bit about each of the three candidates he nominated to the Patriots Hall of Fame: Troy Brown, Bill Parcells and Leon Gray.
- Mark Farinella provides an interesting behind-the-scenes peek into the Patriots Hall of Fame nomination process.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag: Trying to predict Bill Belichick's draft-day priorities.
- Tom E. Curran picks potential Patriots heading into the draft: OLB Whitney Mercilus (Illinois).
- Mike Reiss profiles possible Patriots in this year's draft: OLB/DE Shea McClellin (Boise State).
- Mike Reiss analyzes Nolan Nawrocki's latest 'fit-based' mock draft.
- ESPNBoston's 2012 Mock Draft. Patriots select OLB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) and S Harrison Smith (Notre Dame).
- Tom E. Curran breaks down the Outside Linebacker position in this year's draft, and looks at who would be the best fit for the Patriots.
- Glen Farley takes note of which players he saw working out on their own at Gillette Stadium yesterday.
- Michael Sewall reports Rob Ninkovich returned home to New Lenox as the Village Board designated April 9 "Rob Ninkovich Day."
- Joe Fortenbaugh (Nat'l Football Post) Madden 13 cover vote down to final four: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski upset in Elite 8.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) Ochocinco tweets he'll 'whoop' Brady and Patriots wideouts.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) How will Saints respond? Dominance of '07 Patriots might provide clues.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Brees disputes bounty allegations.
- Michael Silver (Yahoo! Sports) Filmmaker denies claim that he unfairly released damning audio of Gregg Williams.
- Izzy Gould (Sun-Sentinel) Miami Dolphins work out four potential linebackers (including 26-year old Gary Guyton).
- Guy Cipriano (Centre Daily Times) PSU coach candid with the media. "I won't wear a hoodie," [Bill O'Brien] said. "There's only one guy who wears a hoodie."
- Tim Grant (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Former NFL player, CB Eugene Profit, builds succesful second career as a money manager.
- Gary Shelton (Tampa Bay Times) The best part of Warren Sapp's legacy is gone, along with his fortune.
- Peter Schrager (Fox Sports) Latest Mock NFL Draft. Patriots select G/OT Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and DT Kendall Reyes (Connecticut).
- Nolan Nawrocki (Pro Football Weekly) Nawrocki's 'fit-based' mock draft. Patriots select DE Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) and FS Harrison Smith (Notre Dame).
- Wes Bunting (Nat'l Football Post) NFL Draft: Late round sleepers that can stick.
- Brian Billick (Fox Sports) Fleener most complete TE in NFL Draft, out of shallow TE pool.
- NFL Draft: Five prospects I would love to coach. (Nat'l Football Post)
- Elliot Harrison (NFL.com) Flacco a Chief? CJ2K to CIncy? Many changes in '08 draft re-do.