Kevin Faulk is ‘still behind the 8-ball’
|11.04.11 at 1:42 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk is not fooling himself.
He knows he missed the first six games of the season before returning last weekend from his ACL tear of 2010. He was effective. He caught his trademark passes out of the backfield. He was the hot-read several times for Tom Brady, when the QB was under pressure. He picked up blitzes.
But he is still getting in game shape. He knows it and Bill Belichick acknowledged as much this week when asked about Faulk’s contribution.
“Let’s get to the next game,” Faulk said. “That’s the mentality. You want to get there, you want to get that taste out of your mouth, you want to get that feeling out of your mouth. You want to get back in the win column.
“Whatever I can do. That was my first game back. For me right now, just keep building and keep getting better and be as consistent as I can be because I’m still behind the 8-ball right now. I just have to get in there and get comfortable.”
Faulk led the Patriots with six carries for 32 yards and while catching five passes from Brady.
“I haven’t played the first [six] games of the season,” he said. “Everybody else has. It’s just time for me to catch up with everybody.”
And how did the knee respond?
“Right now, I’m sore,” Faulk said. “But that’s to be expected. That’s the game we play. You have to get to ready to go. Every week is tough. Every week is different.”
Faulk will be called upon to help contain one of the most ferocious front fours in the NFL this weekend as the Giants will look to replicate their Super Bowl XLII effort, when they battered and bruised Brady.
“Their front four is magnificent,” Faulk said. “They can bring guys in to do the same thing, drop guys down from the linebackers position and come and play D-end and rush the passer. That’s what’s so unique about their rush group; their line.
“I think it’s all about having confidence in yourself and being able to know that you can do it. Just like practice, have repetition. Like I said, I’m behind the 8-ball. That’s one of those areas I’m behind the 8-ball. I’ve got to get up to speed.”