Belichick says Haynesworth's 'worked hard'


Belichick says Haynesworth's 'worked hard'

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots got back to work Tuesday afternoon aftertaking Monday off. Prior to the team taking the practice field, coach BillBelichick gave his first reaction to seeing defensive lineman Albert Haynesworthsfirst practice with the team, which was on Sunday.

Alberts worked hard, said Belichick. Its coming. Wehave a long way to go. So just take it day by day. But I think hes doingfine.

Belichick defended the acquisition of the headline-grabbinglineman, saying the Patriots wouldnt have signed Haynesowrth if they thoughtit wasnt going to work out.

Not speaking on any particular player, I think as Ive saidmany times, anytime you bring a person into your organization, you have to feelcomfortable doing that, said Belichick. And that encompasses a lot ofdifferent things.

In the end, you go through the process, you gain anyinformation that you can acquire, through whatever the sources are, and youevaluate the player, evaluate your team, evaluate the situation. And if youdecide to bring that player onto your team, then you do that with theexpectations that it will work out.

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Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.