Ellis glad to get back to work


Ellis glad to get back to work

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

FOXBORO -- Shaun Ellis was fresh off the physically unable to perform list Saturday. The 34-year old end, looking to start his 12th season, mostly played spectator to the Patriots walkthrough until joining in the final jog. The appearance was his first since he signing with the team August 7.

It seemed, more than anything, the D-liner was just happy to get back to business.

On his return:
It felt good, being on the field, around teammates, moving around a little bit, he said.

On what he's done in the meantime:
"Lighting weights, running, extra conditioning. Just trying to get caught up to speed with these guys. They've been running a lot so I'm just trying to get caught up with them and get ready for the season."

His impressions from watching the Patriots:
"It's been great. It makes me want to be a part of it that much more. We have a lot of guys who can stop the run and also get after the quarterback -- a lot of talent. I'm just eager to be a part of it and go out and contribute the best way I can."

On the team's depth at defensive line:
I think thats the key to the season; being fresh late in the year, when it gets playoff time. Rotating is definitely going to take the pressure off a lot of guys and keep us fresh throughout.

On joining former Jets teammate James Ihedigbo:
"It was good. He did a lot of great things for the Jets; I'm glad to have him on our side. He's a tremendous player, players really hard. And he's smart, too. That's a plus."

On transitioning from Jets to Patriots:
No surprises. Ive kind of been through it a little bit. I was born into this family, with Bill Parcells, being drafted by him, and going through that period my rookie year and going through it with Eric Mangini there. Im glad to get back to the swing of things.

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


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."