Highlights from Pat Chung’s Q&A with the media Tuesday morning
|07.26.11 at 12:05 pm ET|
‘First, I want to give my condolences [to Robert Kraft and family] because that was hard. It was a great reception. I mean for her sons to get up there I don’t think I would be able to do that and make it a joyous thing and happy and positive. My [prayers] goes out to them. It takes a lot of stuff to do that.
‘With that said, let’s get ready to go. I’m happy to be back. We’re working now. I miss the fans. I miss you guys, even though you guys give us a hard time sometimes. I’m glad to be back, man.’
What was atmosphere like this morning? “Everybody was happy. I feel like I haven’t seen my brothers in a while. It’s hard not to be able communicate with the guys you’re playing with and the guys who are taking care of your body and the guys that are teaching you the playbook. It’s hard not to have that communication, now it’s back, it’s like we never missed a beat.”
Is this longest you’ve been away from the game? “I wasn’t away from the game. We were definitely working out. There were a bunch of guys working out. But being away from my teammates? Yeah, definitely. I’ve never been in a lockout before, but it’s over now.”
What did you do today? “We did our physicals. We’re just getting ready for tomorrow. Whatever Bill has scheduled for us tomorrow, we’ll be ready for.”
What was his message? “I haven’t talked to him yet. I just got in. I’ll talk to him today, but I can only imagine, he’s ready to go to. Things got going quick. Guys are ready and most guys are here getting their things done. It’s time to go to work.”
Did you stay local? How were those workouts? ‘It was great. I was local, right here. Edge Performance System with Brian. He has us right. We’ve been working out for months now. Like I said, we didn’t skip a beat. We’ve been working out. We’re ready. We’re just going to translate that to the football field. He got us ready, so it’s time to go.’
On the potential for injuries: ‘I’m pretty confident. I think we have a good team. I’m pretty confident that most guys have worked out. Just going back into it, you have to slow yourself into it. I’m pretty confident guys have been working out, so we’ll see. I can’t comment on that, but that’s just my opinion.’
On the time missed for the rookies: ‘Honestly, you know how I am. If you come in focused and ready to go and listen to the veteran guys who know what they’re doing, it can be an easy transition, or it can be very hard for you. It all depends on what they want to do. The veterans, we’re going to help them get to where they need to be so we can all play as a team.’
On the reduction of two-a-days and hitting: ‘I like hitting, but it definitely saves your body. You can stay a little more healthy, and it will help you in the long run. If you can go harder in practice just cause there are two padded practices [now] doesn’t mean you can’t go hard in the first one.’
Do you feel rushed? ‘No way, I’ve been waiting around for months. I almost put my helmet on and walked around my house the other day. I bet guys are ready to be back. We’re just ready to go, ready to get these games started.’
Looking forward to that conditioning run? ‘I am, I am, I am. We’ve been working hard, so I feel we’ll do all right on that.’
Seen Brady yet? ‘I actually haven’t seen him yet. Guys are kind of trickling in one by one, but I haven’t seen him yet. When I see him, I bet he’s ready, too. Everybody is ready. He’s going to make sure everybody else is ready, so I have no worries with Tom.’
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