Wilson just trying to be himself in New England

Wilson just trying to be himself in New England
April 30, 2013, 2:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- The safety summed himself up well: "I guess I don't say much. I do what I do in the weight room and try my best to be Adrian Wilson every day."

Wilson is a man of few words. Perfect, in at least one way, for a Patriot.

When the veteran met with reporters at Gillette for the first time, Tuesday after the NFL draft, he named one other reason why he believes the fit in New England will be good.

"The atmosphere is all about winning. I think everybody here has one goal and obviously that's to win the Super Bowl," Wilson said simply.

"I think just the way they run things is totally different from anywhere else. The winning mentality -- it's not pressure to them -- or, to 'us,' now."

You can't blame him that "them" is still reflexive; all 12 years of Wilson's NFL experience were spent in Arizona. Unsurprisingly, it makes him the senior player in New England's secondary. By a lot. Safety Steve Gregory comes closest in terms of experience and he has just seven seasons (one with the Patriots) in the books.

Does that mean Wilson swept into Foxboro to commandeer control? Not even close. Though a veteran in the league, he knows he's now in foreign territory.

"I just try to tell the guys what I know and just try to get acclimated to the things that they do," he said. "It's all new to me. They were kind of here first."

So until May 20's organized team activities begin, he'll learn. Wilson said he's sticking as close to Gillette as possible. He's studying, watching all the film he can find.

"It's scary," he admitted. "You want to come in with the right mindset and just want to get along with the guys, really. Kind of make sure you hang around them and get to know each and every guy.

"As far as the biggest concern that I have is that I know all of the guys I'll be playing with. And right now we're moving in the right direction."

Simple as that.