Here are the highlights from Wednesday's media day.
Wide Receiver Julian Edelman
on having a whatever-it-takes mentality to play numerous positions for New England:
"I don't know, I guess. I never really thought about it like that. I always just thought of it as going out and trying to improve every day and learn from everyone. I mean, if a guy is not your same body type, or this or that, you can always go out and learn something from everyone. I've learned a lot. I've had a lot of guys play in front of me that have been very crucial to my development of learning this game. Guys like Randy Moss, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, the list goes on, Joey Galloway. There's a bunch of guys that came here, and I've been fortunate to learn a lot of their stuff and just see how they prepare. It's helped me a tremendous amount to get where I'm at."
on having an underdog mentality on the field:
"I mean, I think everyone at this level has a chip on their shoulder. Everyone's got a story. Everyone has had to go through some adversity to get to where they are at so, I guess, we all do."
Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell
on his perception of Head Coach Bill Belichick before he played for him versus after:
"You know, before I came here I was like, ‘That's one guy that wins a lot of games, but it doesn't seem like he's happy winning games.' But that's just the way I saw him in the media. He never smiled. He's always short with the media, give them one, two answers and frowning, but when I got here, we closed those meeting doors and we joke around, we have fun, he smiles, he laughs. We play jokes on him. I was like, ‘Man, this not the guy I saw in the media.' He's a great coach to play for."
Tight End Rob Gronkowski
on if he thinks people underestimate how seriously he takes football because he's such a fun guy:
"I would say so. I feel like they underestimate the hard work and dedication behind the scenes for everyone. Just going in the weight room when it's your time to work out, the meetings behind the scenes, the practicing during the week. I mean, I feel like some people just look at it like you go out there on game day and play, but that's not really the case. You always have to be taking care of your body throughout the whole week, in the morning and all the way through nighttime, getting sleep. So, people kind of underestimate the hard work and dedication that goes into the week to get prepared for the games on Sunday."
on how he reacts to fans writing stories about him:
"It's cool. You can laugh about it, but at the same time you can't really get caught up in it because you're here for a job and it's to win football games. Being on this team, being with the head coach here and the quarterback we have keeps you humble. It keeps you hard working. You can laugh and giggle about stuff, but then at the same time you've got to make sure you're prepared and practicing hard still."
on if there's still some college kid left in him:
"I mean there's a college kid left in everyone. I bet you, too, if you could go back you would for a night or two, so why not? My brother's still in college, my little brother, so it's always good to go back and get a little glimpse of it and to hang out with him for a weekend or two."
on a lot of players going out and having a fun time and why it's such a big deal when he parties:
"Because I'm a baller? Is that a good answer?
Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels
on what are some of the things he took away from his first head coaching experience:
"The people that you work with and for are so important to you. Your ability to not only to set the path, but to also be a great listener - I've said that numerous times now. That's an important part of being a leader, listening to the people that are around you. I think, sometimes, when you're young, you don't really understand that the same as when you go through experience like that. It was a great learning experience for me. I'm very fortunate, very thankful to (Denver Broncos Owner) Pat Bowlen for giving me the opportunity at such a young age. I think I'm a better person, a better father and a better coach because of all the adversities and all the challenges that I've gone through and I hope I can continue to get better in all those roles going forward."