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Matt Light on D&C: ‘I really didn’t know’ Aaron Hernandez

10.02.13 at 9:36 am ET

Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the imprisoned Aaron Hernandez, the injured Vince Wilfork and the 4-0 Patriots.

Light made headlines this summer for telling the Dayton Daily News that he ‘€œnever 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.

‘€œI really didn’€™t know [Hernandez], to be honest with you,’€ Light said. ‘€œI 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.

‘€œIt’€™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.

‘€œThe team’€™s where the team wants to be right now,’€ Light said. ‘€œWho 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.

‘€œYou’€™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.

‘€œVince 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. ‘€œHe’€™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.

‘€œThat was definitely enjoyable,’€ Light said. ‘€œI’€™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.

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

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