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Marcus Stroud on joining the Patriots, the work stoppage and how much he’s got left in the tank

06.14.11 at 2:20 pm ET
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New Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Stroud appeared in SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan on Monday afternoon. Here are a few highlights of the Q&A:

Give us your perception of the lockout and work stoppage: ‘€œI think everybody is going to get back to work on time. I think both sides have realized that you have to put the egos aside and do what’€™s going to be best for both sides of the game. I think everybody is coming to that realization. I’€™m confident they will get something done. I definitely don’€™t think we’€™d miss any regular-season games.’€

On how he came to be a part of the Patriots: ‘€œOnce I got realized, [agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] gave me a call and was like, ‘€˜The Pats want to bring you in,’€™ and I was like, ‘€˜Yeah let’€™s do it.’€™ … [Bill Belichick] told me they’€™d definitely like to have to have me up there and he felt I could come in and help in the role I was going to play and the role I’€™m definitely going to try and get up there and play. I felt it will be a good fit for me and I definitely think I could fit in and do the things they want me to do.’€

How much is left in your legs? ‘€œOh, man. I think I have some gas left in the legs, man. I’€™m a pretty young guy who takes pretty good care of himself. I still think I have a lot of gas left in the tank. I’€™m not going to be one of those guys who keeps holding on and kicking the tires until they’€™re bald-headed. I still feel like I have some tread left on these.’€

You’€™ve played with some nice quarterbacks — your thoughts on playing with Tom Brady: ‘€œThat’€™s the excitement I have. That’€™s what I’€™m looking forward to. I know how it’€™s like to prepare for this guy; we were playing against him twice a year. To have a quarterback of that caliber on your team, week in and week out, like you said, that gives you the chance ‘€¦ Knowing that, there is like a 70 percent chance, you give this guy the ball, he’€™s going to put points on the board. You want to go out and play, and do well on this type of team.’€

On the opportunity to rush the passer: ‘€œHopefully ‘€˜Streamlined’€™ Stroud can get a few sacks [laughing].’€

It’€™s got to be a little different — you’€™re going to go to camp with Belichick and the New England Patriots: ‘€œYeah, it is. I’€™m just happy to kind of be back up under some of that tough, in-your-face, kick-you-in-the-butt type of coaching. Something like I had my rookie year with coach [Tom] Coughlin. I think it’€™s going to be something like that. I’€™m kind of prepared for it. I’€™m definitely excited and want to do things the ‘€˜Patriots Way,’€™ and to see how the ‘€˜Patriots Way’€™ works, because there has to be something about it. It’€™s been successful for this long.’€

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