FOXBORO – Matt Slater didn’t pull punches when asked how he felt with the AFC Championship six days away.
“I think the nerves are already kicking in,” said the Patriots special teams ace.
On this Monday afternoon, players were in and out of the locker room quickly leaving the nearly 60 members of the media mining for quotes. Fullback James Develin, running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Danny Amendola were among the few Patriots to take some time with the media.
I grabbed Slater before he escaped into the weight room.
“It never gets old,” he said of playing in his third straight AFC Championship. “We’ve been blessed this year with everything that’s happened to be in this position. We’ve been real resilient, mentally tough. We want to continue to have success and hopefully we can do it as the week.”
Slater knows that traveling to play the Broncos is daunting.
‘Everyone knows what’s at stake at this point in the year,” he said. “Going against a team knowing there’s none better out there. They’ve proven that over the course of the year so it’s gonna be a tough battle. Hopefully we’ll be ready. I know we’ll be excited. It’s gonna be a good battle.
“One thing I can say, we can’t start the game like last time against them,” Slater said, recalling the Patriots falling into a 24-0 hole in Week 12. “They’re too good a football team. We gotta come out and start fast and have a good week of preparation against them this week. But it’s gonna be a tough game, we know that.”