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--Wide receiver Julian Edelman, a two-way player on offense and defense, still isn't sure where he'll fit in this upcoming season, nor has he had any discussions with the coaching staff about moving to defense on a full-time basis.
"You'd have to ask (Bill Belichick) on that," Edelman said. "I'm pretty sure that's his cup of tea."
Like most of the receivers on the roster, Edelman is facing stiff competition this summer, and playing defense might guarantee him the most playing time -- that and his role on special teams as a punt returner.
"I'm just trying to become a better receiver right now," he said. "When it's punt return (time), you try to become a better punt returner."
--Quarterback Tom Brady received some playful jabs from teammates regarding his role in a new Under Armour commercial in which he becomes angry at a salesman for teasing him about his alleged Boston accent.
When told Edelman offered his own critique, Brady playfully replied, "Julian is always critical of everything I do. I appreciate it and I'm very flattered that he likes it.
"I was laughing the whole day and they were like, 'No, you've got to get angry,' so I said, 'OK, let me get the angry part down.' It was fun," Brady continued. "Hopefully a lot of people watch it and go out and buy Under Armour shoes."
--Though some players admit they don't watch past losses when they air on television -- take Tom Brady, for example - nose tackle Vince Wilfork insists he's put the Super Bowl loss to the Giants in the rear-view mirror as he prepares for the upcoming season.
"No effect on me. No effect on me," he said. "You start back to where you started at, from zero. That's where I'm at right now. You can't dwell over spoiled milk. Last year was last year.
"That's how you have to look at it. You have to be a professional. When it comes down to it, you have to be a professional about everything, and that plays a big part now. We have to be able to move forward. I've moved forward."
--One of the observations worth noting from this past week's workouts is that linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who primarily played linebacker last year in the team's 4-3 base defense, spent a lot of time practicing with the defensive linemen.
Whether this denotes a shift in philosophy remains to be seen; perhaps the Patriots are trying to build Ninkovich's versatility and/or take advantage of his flexibility. The Patriots didn't show much of their base set at the OTAs, so there's no telling what Ninkovich's true role will be once camp begins.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Calm down, don't worry about it, focus on it. That's how I've been able to do a lot of things in my home state on a team that a lot of people said I should have been gone off of about two years ago. Anything is possible." -- Patriots' DL Ron Brace on how he deals with adversity stemming from the fact injuries limited him to just seven games last year.
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