07-09-2009, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Ben Watson interview
ESPNís Dana Jacobson interviewed Patriot Ben Watson on July 8th
DJ: For more on the Patriots we welcome in Tight End Benjamin Watson. Benjamin, itís like the most asked question and probably answered; to you how has Tom Brady looked so far between the OTAís and mini camp?
BW: Definitely, Tomís looked great. He works really hard; heís a great leader on our team. Heís definitely poised to come back and have a great year. But like we say in New England you got to take it one day at a time and every day is different, every year is different. So I know heís looking forward to being out there and weíre looking forward to having him back.
DJ: There was an interesting quote from Randy Moss, I donít remember the exact words but he basically said this offense could be better than 2007 Ė even scarier I think were the words that he used. It was record setting back then; how good do you think this offense can be this year?
BW: I think we can definitely be as good as the work we put in. Again every year is different. You know 2007 was 2007, which was a great year, but this year weíre always looking to improve, always looking to get better and better in what we do and thatís why weíre out there. If we didnít want to get better we wouldnít be out there.
DJ: So far you putting in more work than maybe you did in 2007? Which would lead one to believe that this year could be better?
BW: I think a key for us is the fact that we have some guys who have been there for a while, some guys who have been in the system. Weíve had some great new additions with Taylor, with Joey Galloway coming. And weíre looking forward to getting out there in training camp, and getting it done.
DJ: You obviously can have a great battle at running back, you just mentioned Taylor joining that backfield. Maroney is already there; Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and everybody got a chance last year because of injuries. How heated has the position battle been already?
BW: Itís not been too heated yet, when training camp comes thatís the time to compete. Just going through the mini camps, going through the OTAís, is a time when you learn the system, when you get your feet back, doing football drills and stuff like that. But training camp is a time when the competition will heat up, the preseason games. Thatís when the coaches will make their decisions on whom to play when and where.
DJ: The first three picks in the draft were all defensive picks. Give us some idea of someone on the defensive side of the ball that we should be watching as training camp nears.
BW: Itís kind of hard to tell in mini camp. The rookies, basically their job is to learn the system, to keep their mouth shut, and to just learn what to do and get out there, and then in training camp they get a chance to get out there and hit people. But definitely in mini camp the safety Chung has done a good job back there picking up the system and heís flying around to the ball. It will be interesting as always to see in training camp how that goes.