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2014 Super Bowl: Patriots Thursday Quotes

The Patriots are mostly done with their media obligations and can now just focus on football. Here are their final thoughts.

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Cornerback Brandon Browner

on Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin:

"I think he is the quickest receiever in the game, honestly, hands down."

on if the New England secondary has its own nickname:

"No name required."

Cornerback Darrelle Revis

on what sets quarterback Tom Brady apart:

"His desire to be so competitive, I’ve never seen it. You could put him in the category of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, just some of the great athletes in this world and I’m talking different sports too. He has the fight, the will and the determination to go out there and destroy anybody who’s in his way. You see the results on the field, he’s awesome."

Defensive Lineman Vince Wilfork

on the walk-through at the stadium before the game:

"We will treat it just like any other away game. Being able to go see the clocks where the play-clock is, scoreboards, you name it. And I think guys will take advantage of that. Especially being the Super Bowl, I think you have a lot more guys out there just seeing the whole setup of the Super Bowl, which they should so they won’t get blindsided when they take the field for the first time. I really don’t know where is what but our bench. It’ll be good for our guys to do this."

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

on if stopping Lynch is first priority in defending against the Seattle offense:

"Most definitely. I feel like Green Bay did a really good job of that in the NFC Championship in the first quarter or two. They really slowed him down. They forced Seattle to throw the ball a lot earlier, more than they wanted to. I feel like they had the right idea, they just didn’t finish the way they wanted to, obviously. Couldn’t close the deal, but I feel like they had the right idea."

Head Coach Bill Belichick

on the progression of fullback James Develin:

"James has, like a number of players on our roster, he started on our practice squad. He was with Cincinnati for a year and I believe they released him at the end of preseason. He was on our practice squad and just worked hard, worked his way up. Again, like the Ryan Wendell’s and Dan Connolly’s and Jonas Gray’s – you could write down the roster and probably rattle off eight to 10 guys like that.

James is really a tough kid. He played linebacker at Brown, fullback, good blocker, helps in the kicking game, really smart, doesn’t need a lot of reps, very dependable, very durable, tough, there every day, gives you a great effort, great team player. You know what you’re going to get from him seven days a week, really 365 days a year. He’s got the same work ethic (in the) offseason – real productive guy in the offseason program. Solid."

Quarterback Tom Brady

on if he thinks Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will continue his career:

"What a great player he’s been for this league? He’s a great competitor, and I’ve been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back because the league will miss him if he doesn’t. Those decisions are up to him. I’m sure it’s up to him whether he’s mentally and physically, if that’s what he wants to do. I certainly hope he’s back."

Running Back Shane Vereen

on how he can get himself open against the Seattle linebackers:

"Well, it’s not going to be easy. They do a great job of covering. They’ve got good speed. I’m just going to have to do a good job of finding my spots and be able to settle in the right areas and be ready for the ball."

on if there are ways to create more space coming out of the backfield:

"Yeah, there’s certain things you can do scheme-wise, but you’ve got to play the game and see how they’re playing first. You’ve got to see what their scheme is against us. That’s more of an in-game adjustment."

Wide Receiver Danny Amendola

on the different personalities in the wide receivers room:

"We’ll start with (Brandon) "JoJo" Lafell. Great guy from Houston. We’re both from Houston. We remember watching each other play in high school. JoJo’s funny. He’s always quoting movies, singing songs, keeping the mood light. (Julian) Edelman and I have been good friends for four or five years now. We’re always joking around. We’re always ripping on each other.

(Matthew Slater) is like the equalizer. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie with Denzel (Washington), but Slate is like the father figure in our group. He gets us all right. If we mess up, he’s going to get us right. B.T., Brian Tyms, he’s like our loose cannon. He’s a great player, fast, can take the top off coverages. Great guy to be around.

Jonathan Krause, young cat, Vanderbilt, rookie. Just kind of wide-eyed but works hard every day, plays the game the right way, great athlete. Josh Boyce, great athlete from TCU. He’s been like a little brother to me since he’s come here. We’re both from Texas. He’s from Dallas, from central Texas, Dallas area. I’m from Houston, so we can relate that way. That’s it, really."

Wide Receiver Julian Edelman

on what the expression ‘do your job’ means to him:

"Doing your job means, just like someone who’s working in a coal mine or on a construction site. You bring your hard hat and your lunch to work and just shut up and do your job. You go in there, you go in the meetings and take in the coaching. You execute in the walk-thru. You take the walk-thru to practice and the drills and you execute that. In practice, execution becomes game reality, so that’s what do your job – I feel – means."