Gallery happy to be in New England


Gallery happy to be in New England

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Robert Gallery has played both tackle and guard during his eight-year NFL career. Now with the Patriots, that type of versatility could serve him well, especially now, while Logan Mankins and Brian Waters are missing from training camp.

But following Saturday's fully-padded session at Gillette Stadium, Gallery wouldn't divulge into how or where he could be used with this team.

"Wherever they put me, I'm taking those snaps," he said.

Gallery later added, "I'm going to do what coach asks me to do, and all that stuff will play itself out."

On Saturday, Belichick asked Gallery to be the starting left guard, in between left tackle Nate Solder and center Dan Koppen. After three days of training camp, Gallery said he is still happy that he signed with New England in March.

"It's great. I'm excited to be here with this team," said Gallery. "I'm just ready to get things rolling.

"It was just a choice that was made. It seems like a long time ago. I'm just ready to get this camp rolling and to get into the season."

Gallery will turned 32 this month. He was the second-overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2004, where he spent seven seasons before signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks before last season. The Seahawks released him after the first year of that three-year deal, resulting in his signing with the Patriots.

And whether it's at guard or tackle, he's just looking help out.

"I'm just here to work on my skill, and get better every day," said Gallery. "And do what I can do to help the team, and then it'll all be decided once the camp's over."

As for the status of Mankins and Waters, Gallery said he's just worried about himself.

"It doesn't really affect me at all," said Gallery. "I come to work every day, work on what I have to do to get better as a player, and all that stuff will play itself out."

Bill Belichick says Brad Stevens has given him 'a lot of insight' on coaching

Bill Belichick says Brad Stevens has given him 'a lot of insight' on coaching

Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters last week that spending time with Bill Belichick can make you "feel pretty inadequate as a coach."

But Belichick raved about Stevens during a conference call on Sunday. The two spent time together on Friday night for the Hall of Fame Huddle fundraiser to benefit Belichick's foundation, and the Patriots coach explained that he's learned a lot from the Celtics boss.

"Got to know Brad ove the last couple of years," Belichick said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he's done, taking a young team, a team that we barely knew some of the players on the team, and in a couple of years has built them into a strong team last year and played very competitively in the playoffs. Fun to go over there and watch them.

"Brad and I have talked about a lot of things that are just coaching-related. Obviously the sports are different. I don't know anything about basketball, and he says he doesn't know much about football. It's really not about Xs and Os and that kind of thing. It's more the other parts of coaching: Prepartion, training, team work, team-building, confidence, communication, players and coaches relationships and so forth.

"Obviously we're in the same business in taking more people to training camp than we can keep on a roster, then managing a roster and dealing with things that happen during the year with that roster, whether it's bringing other guys onto the team, trades and so forth. We've chatted about a lot of those things. He's given me a lot of insight.

"I'd say some of the players they get are a little younger than the guys we get on average. Kids that are coming out of college after one year, we get them after three years or four. Just the trans from college to pro which he obviously has a lot of experience with. Coming to the New England area for most players, that's an adjustment, we don't get too many guys from this area. All of those things like that."

Belichick: Sunday a 'rare opportunity' to watch upcoming opponent live


Belichick: Sunday a 'rare opportunity' to watch upcoming opponent live

How do the Patriots handle Sundays after Thursday night games? Bill Belichick says he won't be glued to the television as New England's next opponent, Buffalo, takes on Arizona. But he will be watching and thinking through situations as they play out live. 

"I think for today, we've done preparation work on the Bills in their first two games, so this is one of those rare opportunities where you can kind of watch the game with a little bit of an idea of how you would want to play it or what you would want to do in certain situations," Belichick said in a conference call on Sunday. "Then, obviously not knowing what they'll do, kind of see how that goes, see what they'll do in those situations compared to what you think they're going to do. Or have they come up with something else, or is this situation a little bit different and has that changed their strategy or play-calling or whatever that happens to be?"

One of the elements of the game that Belichick may give a little extra thought to is how the Bills run their offense under new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who replaced Greg Roman after Roman was fired following Buffalo's Week 2 loss to the Jets.

"Obviously, with a new coordinator, defensively we'll have to pay attention and see what changes or modifications they will make this week," Belichick said. "That may be an ongoing process. I don't know if they do decide to change things whether they could get it all done this week or maybe it would take a period of time, but we'll kind of keep our eye on that.

"In the end, we'll have the film by the end of the day today so that'll answer a lot more questions than the live part of it will. But the live part of it, I'd say as we're working on the scouting report for Buffalo, you can kind of have that game on in the background, sort of keep your eye on it, and see how it goes. But I wouldn't say we're just glued to the TV because we'll see everything that we need to see in a matter of hours anyway."