Law says Arrington most resembles his game

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Law says Arrington most resembles his game

FOXBORO -- Any time a Patriots player can get advice from a former Pro Bowler, it's a good day. It's an even better day when that Pro Bowler shows up to training camp and compares your style of play to his.

That's exactly what former Patriots cornerback Ty Law said about current Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, at Gillette Stadium on Friday afternoon.

"I like his approach to the game," said Law. "He's physical. All those guys are pretty physical. But as far as the most similar to myself, I look at Arrington."

Law went on to applaud Arrington even more, for producing at such a high level as a guy who went undrafted. And even though Arrington was tied for the league-lead in interceptions last season with seven, Law believes he's only going to get better.

"I think he's still hungry for more," said Law. "He's going to prove to everybody that, 'Hey, you're gonna think about me, you're gonna talk about me.' And I see that in him.

"If he keeps continuing to work like he is, he may be one of the number one corners out there. And if he can keep building on the season that he had last year, drafted or not, you can be somebody special."

After practice, Arrington was told about Law's comments, and he reacted just as any young player would, when praised by someone like Law.

"For him to even mention me, I'm honored, to say the least," said Arrington. "For guys like Ty and Tedy to come back and share anything with us as a team, we appreciate it so much. We're definitely grateful. And it just shows you how much they bleed this organization. It's a privilege.

"You definitely listen. I definitely appreciate it. And the more he could come around, the better."

Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

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Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

When Kyle Van Noy was traded to the Patriots in late October, he had a lot to learn. He needed to understand the layout of his new team's maze-like facility. He needed to adjust to a new locker room. He needed to adapt to a new home. 

He also had to become fluent in a new language.

The former Lions 'backer was inactive for two weeks before he was comfortable enough with the Patriots system -- and the coaching staff was comfortable enough with him -- to get on the field. He played 29 snaps against the Niners in first game with his new club, then saw 28 plays against the Jets. On Sunday he saw his role expand as he played 40 of a possible 51 plays, which was more than Shea McClellin (38) or Dont'a Hightower (33). 

"Kyle has done a great job of working really hard to acclimate to what we’re doing, and he has had to learn really fast as far as the system, the communication, the language," said defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on a conference call Tuesday. "It’s like when you go to a different system, offensively or defensively, a lot of times it’s just learning the vernacular and the verbiage . . . That’s a big part of it. Then getting more familiar with that kind of terminology and the communication is critical because there’s a lot of calls and adjustments, things like that that we’ve got to do on the field."

Van Noy was making some of those calls himself on Sunday as he wore the green dot on his helmet when Hightower was on the sidelines. Even with the added responsibility, Van Noy was able to play freely enough that he put together what might have been the best game of his three-year career. 

Used at the end of the line of scrimmage as well as in a more traditional off-the-line linebacker role, Van Noy was effective in defending both the pass and the run: He stuffed three Rams rush attempts, he recorded a quarterback hit that led to an incompletion, he drew a holding call, and he recorded an athletic interception when he tracked a wobbling Jared Goff pass that floated over the middle after Jabaal Sheard hit Goff's arm as the rookie released his throw.

After several of his stand-out plays, Van Noy was visibly excited on the field and later on the sidelines. It was the culmination of six weeks of work, learning as much as he could from a coaching staff that was eager to teach him. 

"He’s extremely prideful in his work and his approach to the game," Patricia said. "He’s very cerebral. He’ll ask a lot of questions. He really wants to understand what we’re doing and why, which is great. We’re trying to give him those answers and insight into kind of where some of this either came from or developed or situations like that so that’s really good."