Aug 13, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off the ball to running back Jonas Gray (35) during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers in a preseason NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
After losing the preseason opener to the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots met with the media to discuss the game.
Here is the official transcript: (Via Patriots.com)
Malcolm Butler, Cornerback
"(On how it felt to be on the field playing in a game again) “It felt good. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only guy – the whole NFL is ready to get out there against other opponents, so it felt pretty good.” (On taking on more responsibility this season and how he thought tonight went) “I think tonight went well, but me, myself, the whole unit still have a lot to prove. Just got to get back here and fix a couple of errors and continue to strive to get better.” (On what challenges he faced against the Packers tonight, especially the no-huddle offense) “You know, nothing much really; just go out there and do your job. You should be in conditioning to handle the no-huddle; that wasn’t a big deal. Just go out there every day, every week and just play ball, do your job and do everything to help your team.” (On playing well and making plays on the field) “You got to have confidence to play defensive back. That’s all that was – confidence and enjoying the game and having fun.” (On the crowd cheering for him after the game) “It feels pretty good, but at the same time moving forward off of the Super Bowl. Trying to build off of it and establish whatever I got coming for me.”"
Jonas Gray, Running Back
"(On the competition at running back this season) “The first thing you have to do is not worry about last year. It’s a new year, a new opportunity, and every time you get a new opportunity, you have to be able to make some plays with it.” (On Tom Brady playing tonight) “I wasn’t surprised. The coach handles all those personnel decisions, so whoever is out there, that’s who I’m playing with.” (On his touchdown) “[The offensive line] blocked well up front and [Green Bay] had a lot of guys in the box, so I was able to pass by the second level and the rest was just using my speed. It’s always easy to follow [fullback James Develin]. It’s funny because after every long run that I have or after every good run, I always see him first. It’s nice to have a guy like that with you.”"
Jonathan Freeny, Linebacker
"(On how much he appreciates playing majority of the game) “It’s great. Getting out there and getting an opportunity to show what I can do on defense, as well as special teams. Everything is just a great opportunity and I’m looking to take advantage of it.” (On wearing the green dot on the helmet for play-calling responsibilities) “I’m just going to do whatever they ask me to do. If they ask me to go out there and call the defense, ‘Do this, do that,’ I’m just going to do it and do whatever my role is.” (On having a few forth down stops against Green Bay) “Well, we still have a lot of work to do. We had a couple good stops, you know, couple good calls the coaches made, but we still have a lot of work to do. At the end of the day, we still came out on the bottom side of it, so we still have a lot work going forward.”"
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