Patriots: That wasn't us in Pittsburgh


Patriots: That wasn't us in Pittsburgh

FOXBORO -- What you saw on Sunday in Pittsburgh, that wasn't the New England Patriots defense.

At least, that's what safety James Ihedigbo believes after watching the game film on Monday at Gillette Stadium.

"You watch that tape, and it's nothing that we want to represent us, as a defense, in this league or as a team," said Ihedigbo. "We watched that, and everyone had that look on their face, as you know, 'Hey, this isn't us. What we put on tape isn't us.' And we're going to correct that, and come out this next week, and show how the New England Patriots play defense."

The Pats hope they play defense with better communication in the secondary, something that plagued them against the Steelers.

As they get deeper into the season, the Patriots believe that communication will only improve.

"It's just going to get better," said safety Patrick Chung on Monday. "Some miscommunication, but it only gets better with guys coming in and starting to play more with the guys that are in there. It's just going to get better as the weeks go on."

As for the team's red zone defense, allowing only two touchdowns on five Pittsburgh red-zone possessions on Sunday wasn't something to hang their head over. But even that can improve.

"Sometimes you've got to hold them to zero points," said Chung.

And sometimes, you have to take what happened on a particular Sunday, and use it as motivation for the next weekend. After watching film on Monday, the Patriots' defense seemed dead set on doing just that.

"I've never been around a group of guys that want to win more than the group of guys in this locker room," said Ihedigbo. "And winning is everything. We work too hard during the week and we watch too much tape and we study too much as a group to come up on the short end of a week that we put so much effort into preparations.

"We're definitely going to have a chip on our shoulder this week," added Ihedigbo. "And I know, our defense, we're going to be fired up, we're going to be ready to go, we're playing back at home. We're going to study the game plan hard, and we're going to be ready to go on Sunday."

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."