Matt Light on D&C: ‘I really didn’t know’ Aaron Hernandez
|10.02.13 at 9:36 am ET|
Light made headlines this summer for telling the Dayton Daily News that he ‘never believed in anything Hernandez stood for,’ following the former tight end’s arrest for murder.
Two weeks ago, Light backpedaled on his original statement, saying that he never made those comments to the reporter.
‘I really didn’t know [Hernandez], to be honest with you,’ Light said. ‘I played a couple of seasons and he wasn’t out there a lot. You focus on the guys you’re with. There were times, I hate to admit this, that I didn’t know who some of the guys in our secondary were.
‘It’s kind of crazy to think that there’s only 53 guys on the roster active and you don’t know some of those guys, but the truth is you don’t because you’re so locked in to what you do.’
The Patriots moved to 4-0 on Sunday with a 30-23 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The fast start is somewhat surprising considering a hampered offense that’s missing its top five receivers from last year, and without headline offseason acquisition Danny Amendola.
‘The team’s where the team wants to be right now,’ Light said. ‘Who wouldn’t want to be 4-0 a quarter of the way through the season, seeing a lot of growth out of some young players?’
The frustration of missing those top receivers boiled over in New England’s 13-10 Week 2 win over the Jets for Tom Brady, who constantly lashed out at his young wide receiving corps.
‘You’ve never been frustrated in life? I mean, come on, it should be no surprise that it’s going to take a little bit of a curve,” Light said. “Although I would say after Week 1 and 2 there were many people talking about how crazy it was to bring in these young receivers, when I think from the beginning, a lot of people within the organization said they had a lot of confidence in them. To think there were going to be zero frustrations with a young football team and you wouldn’t see any of that play out is just kind of silly — that’s how it works.’
New England did not leave Atlanta completely unscathed. Wilfork, the team’s starting defensive tackle, suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles in the first quarter.
‘Vince is a guy that has been such a great leader for the organization, for the guys on the defensive line, and he brings a dimension that very few guys can,’ Light said. ‘He’s done it for so long, he’s been one of the most dependable players that you could think of in the last decade. So his loss will be felt.’
The Patriots, and offensive lineman Nate Solder in particular, held Light’s nemesis, Osi Umenyiora, at bay last Sunday. Umenyiora, a former Giants standout, did not record a sack and only made four tackles in the game.
‘That was definitely enjoyable,’ Light said. ‘I’ve had some classic battles with that man, but one thing I will say is the proof’s in the pudding. He had a lot to say before and after things. You watch that game and you can see what real truth is, and Nate had a phenomenal game against him.