|Taylor Price ‘excited’ about the possibility of seeing the field more||11.03.11 at 12:46 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Wide receiver Taylor Price is ready.
Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien hinted that we could see more of the second-year receiver out of Ohio, who has played just 30 snaps since being taken 90th overall by the Patriots in the 2010 draft.
“He’s practiced well. We need to get him in there more,” O’Brien said of Price, who was on the field for six plays last Sunday against Pittsburgh. “He’s done a good job in practice. He’s a guy that we’ve got to give him more reps in the game.”
“Obviously I’m excited to get on the field more,” Price said before practice on Thursday. “It’s never a good situation to stay on the sidelines and watch your team play. You always want to be in the game and be in close games and go into battle and go into war with your teammates. Nothing has changed for me. I’m going to keep going to practice every day. Keep preparing every day. Keep working hard.”
The 24-year-old Price is a 6-foot, 212-pounder, who caught three passes for 41 yards in the 2010 regular-season finale against the Dolphins. He knows that if he wants to succeed in the New England offense, it starts with building trust with the quarterback.
“That’s a big part of it, obviously. He runs the show,” Price said of developing a rapport with Tom Brady. “Get on the same page with him and you’re good to go after that.
“I’ve always had a confidence in myself. In my game. And it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with the offensive system and getting comfortable with the quarterback and get on the same page. Just being there and just being reliable for the quarterbacks to go to and just being reliable like that.”
However, when he was asked directly about Price and his development, Brady gave a lukewarm response, saying that the wide receiver is like anyone else on the roster.
“We’re all trying to be consistent with what we’re doing and whatever role our coach gives us, we’re trying to do it the best you can,” Brady said. “That goes for the receiver position, running back position — there are young guys at that position as well that could obviously help the team.
“Any time you’re on the active roster, you have an opportunity to help the team. That’s what you’re trying to go out there and do every day at practice. It’s about gaining the trust of your teammates and coaches so that you’re able to go out there and do it with confidence in the game.”
For his part, Price said he’s over any of the injury problems that dogged him over the course of his relatively brief NFL career (including a hamstring issue earlier this season), and believes he’s ready to contribute on a consistent basis.
“I’m healthy. I’m feeling good. My legs are feeling good,” Price said. “That’s a big part of it. I can be out there for more consistent practices, back to back and games back-to-back, and just like I said, be more consistent. Be out there more so there’s not that inconsistency factor. If you see someone out there day to day and they’re improving every day, that’s a good sign.”
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