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Talking Heads: Patriots Players speak about mini-camp

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RB Brandon Bolden is in competition for his spot and he’s on the hot seat after the Patriots drafted James White and signed undrafted free agents Roy Finch and Stephen Houston.

But, Bolden, who’s in the final year of his contract, doesn’t sound worried after the team’s final mini-camp practice.

“Oh, no, I just feel like everybody can help the team in different ways and that’s why they brought us here,” he said. “They brought us here to push each other and push ourselves. So it’s a competition, but it’s a fun competition.”

When Bolden was asked if his approach has changed since it’s a contract year, Bolden shrugged it off.

“Same as usual for me,” he said. “I just want to get out there and get back to football. Last year (on the contract) or not, I just want to play ball.”

Bolden believes mini-camp proves the Pats have a strong backfield.

“I don’t see any weaknesses, but as a group I can tell you we’re all fierce competitors,” he said. “We all want to come out on top, and that’s what drives us as a group to do what we have to do to help this team.”

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Devin McCourty was a guest on NBC Sports Radio’s “Brian Kenny Show” this week and was asked about Darrelle Revis and how the corner was fitting in with New England style of doing things.

“I think the only real adjustment for him is just learning a system,” McCourty told host Jason Page, who was filling in for Kenny. “He’s a guy who has been carrying himself great throughout his whole career. I don’t think it’s a huge adjustment of him having to get used to the way we do things. I think it’s more scheme things, terminology, just getting used to hearing everything for the first time in a new system. A lot of stuff when it comes to football, he knows. He’s a very smart player. It’s just trying to talk the same language as everybody else, how we describe things and how we talk about things.” 

McCourty was also asked if Revis was doing things the “Patriot way.”

“When you just talk about the Patriot Way, I just think you talk about doing things the right way, and how to carry yourself on the field and off the field,” he said. “I tell guys all the time throughout the league, I think there are a bunch of guys that I think would fit in, but obviously this organization really values their different goals. There are different things that they like and how they want things to get done. So of course, throughout the league that are probably certain guys that won’t fit in. But a guy like Revis who came in, he fit in right away. The same thing with [Brandon] Browner, whose been in our secondary now. They’ve both fit in very well and have picked up things, and now it’s going out there and competing trying to bring wins.” 

McCourty talks about his urgency to win.

“It’s now my fifth year and having guys come in and out of the organization, I remember when [defensive lineman] Shaun Ellis came [in 2011], and he never had played in a Super Bowl and I think it was his 12th or 13th year. That makes you realize just to take each season and have that urgency because you don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of your career,” he said on the program. “With Tom back there, and guys like Vince really adding up those years in their career, you think about it, but I think every individual amongst the team, you need to have that urgency because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future and you want to make sure you take advantage of any opportunity you get to play in the big game or win the whole thing.”

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The new vet to the team Will Smith talked about why he’s still playing,

“Just my love for the game,” Smith said after Wednesday’s practice. “Love going out and competing. Love playing on Sunday.

“As long as I still have the drive and ambition and still want to go out and compete each day and win, as long as I want to win, I’m going to be out there playing.”

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Revis once called Belichick a jerk but has said that has changed.

“I think it changed the first time through the whole process when I got released from Tampa and talking to teams,” Revis said. “And I actually got to sit down and talk with Belichick, and I think it changed during that conversation when we sat down together and just had a good conversation. We moved forward. Whatever we had in the past, we put it behind us. I think it changed during that moment.”

Revis said he knows Belichick is boss and he’s ok with that.

“When you’re on the outside looking in when you’re playing with another organization, you look at things totally different,” Revis said. “Especially coming from New York and New England being up here, it’s a lot. You look at things totally different. That’s with any player. Shaun Ellis came here — there are a bunch of guys who crossed over. Once you cross over and see — when you’re on the inside looking out — it’s a totally different perspective. That’s how you look at it. Everybody here has accepted me as much as they can to make it feel like home. Even Bill has. I feel fine with it. I’m fine. We’re on good terms.”

Revis said he already likes his new coach.

“One, he’s a great coach. I really respect him for winning three championships. I really do,” Revis said. “Another thing is that I feel like he’s a players’ coach. A lot of people might not say that outside looking in, but we’re with Bill everyday. We hang out with him every day. We’re in the meetings with him every day, so we’re around him all the time. I really feel like he’s a players’ coach. I feel like he runs it how he wants to run it, but at the same time, you have to go out here and work.”

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