More locker room Q&A

Posted on August 31, 2007 
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Here’s more postgame Q&A from the New England locker room after tonight’s preseason finale against the Giants:

Eric Alexander, Linebacker
(On playing with first-team defense)
You want to go as good as you can against the first-teamers because you want to show that you’re prepared to play against the starters. I thought we fared well and showed a lot of toughness. We came away with a win so we’re excited about that.

(On preparing for Jets)
We’re working on that. I can’t say that we’re quite ready yet, but we’ve got a whole week to prepare for that and I think we’ll be ready for opening day.

(On playing time tonight)
Well, I missed the first two preseason games, so it was nice to get out there and knock a little rust off.

Le Kevin Smith, Defensive Line
(On impressions left in preseason)
They played me in a couple of different spots, so I tried to make the most of my opportunities. That was my mindset heading into those couple of games.

(On getting ready for the season)
As far as my mindset of whether I’ll be here after the cuts are made, I try not to do that because you’ll drive yourself crazy.

(On tonight’s game)
Coming into the game, I just wanted to focus on doing my job and go out there and play and do what I needed to do. That’s how I’ve tried to attack it. (Tonight) I went out there and, like always, there were things that I felt I could’ve done better, or things that I feel I could’ve seen better and played faster. Overall, I thought it went okay, but I’d like to clean it up a little bit more.

Matt Gutierrez, Quarterback
(On the end of preseason)
We’ve gone out and worked really hard. Now it’s up to the coaches and the decision makers to do their jobs. I feel confident that I’ve been working as hard as I could to improve and show my abilities.

(On his preseason performance)
I’m never pleased. There are always things to work on….especially in the stage that I’m at as a rookie. I think that I’ve learned a lot while I’ve been here and I enjoyed the opportunity to improve while I was here.

(On playing on the kickoff team)
I had an idea that I might get an opportunity. Any opportunity to get on the field is valuable. It’s a chance to help contribute to the team. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to make a play but it was fun to run down.

(On throwing a touchdown pass)
That was exciting. The line held up great. It felt like I was standing back there for quite a while. The guys did a great job on their routes and it all worked out.

Vinny Testaverde, Quarterback
(On playing the first game on the road against the Jets)
I’m just excited for the fact that I’m still in a uniform and still playing here with the Patriots.

(On how it felt playing Thursday night)
It felt pretty good. I felt I moved the ball down the field pretty well and read the coverage. I would like to have scored once, but overall I feel like if I had to come in and play this year, that I could do that.

(On whether or not playing now is less fun than in the past)
Not at all. Last game, I went in for three plays, but it was like I was going out there for the first time. You get the butterflies and you get excited to be out there. It’s such a great feeling. That’s why I keep doing it.

C.J. Jones, Wide Receiver
(On waiting to see if he makes the team)
I have been through it a couple of times, I just keep my mind off of it and pray about it and hope that I have enough film so other teams can look at [me] in case this is not the team for me.

(On receiving a pass from Vinny Testaverde)
Vinny was doing a good job finding me in the holes and I just had to be there when he called upon me and I am thankful for that and it was cool being out there with him like that.

(On playing in the game)
It was great to get the opportunity out there. Coach Belichick gave me the chance and I just tried to make the best out of it.

(On how he thought he did with the opportunity)
I was just trying to help the team any way I can.

Bam Childress, Wide Receiver
(On what was it like to play tailback)
It was a little different, but it was just going out there and reading my blocks and just hitting up in there wherever I see a crease or see a hole I just hit it and let my instincts take over. I was just glad to do something new and show that I can do it

(On how he felt he did in training camp)
I think I did good, but you can always get better and there are things you can work on to get better No one out there is perfect but I think that I did pretty good. It is just now getting better everyday. Now I will just go in and watch film tomorrow and see what I did wrong and just correct it.

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