Haynesworth embraces the 'Patriot Way'

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Haynesworth embraces the 'Patriot Way'

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- According to the man himself, his name is now Albert thePatriot.

Hes New Englands newest defensive lineman, and he comeswith plenty of luggage. Only, according to him, now that hes a Patriot thatluggage is all in the past.

Tuesday marked Haynesworths second day of practice with theteam at Gillette Stadium. Afterwards, he spoke with the media for the firsttime since being acquired by New England in a trade with the WashingtonRedskins late last week.

And it didnt take him long to buy into The Patriot Way.

Everything is in the past, said Haynesworth. Im leavingall that stuff back in Washington. Right now, Im just concentrating on beingjust a great football player for this organization.

Haynesworth said hes always been a fan of Bill Belichickand the entire Patriots organization. So much so, that he took a ticket fromRodney Harrison, and was present at Gillette Stadium for the 2007 AFCChampionship game against the San Diego Chargers.

He also said hes secretly made a bunch of trips to NewEngland in the past, because his best friend is a New England native. His lovefor the area and the organization has him excited for a fresh start to showthat he can still play football.

A new team, a great organization, said Haynesworth. Ivebeen a fan of this team for a long time, when I wasnt playing them. But Ivealways liked the Patriots.

Ive always liked Coach Belichick, just the way he didthings, the way his teams performed. From being outside, just the way hehandled the team and everything. And now being inside, hes very detailoriented, and he demands perfection every time.

Ive been on some really good teams, with a lot of greatplayers, but Ive never been in a situation where its like, perfection everytime, added Haynesworth. Not for a person, but for a team.

Haynesworth first found out about the trade as a textmessage from his agent woke him up. His reaction?

Hell, yeah, said Haynesworth.

Its a move he originally talked with Vince Wilfork aboutseveral years ago at the Pro Bowl, and a move that he once again talked to hisagent about before he was actually traded out of Washington. He just neverthought the numbers would match up.

I went to the Pro Bowl with Vince, said Haynesworth. Andthe funny thing is, when we were at the Pro Bowl, I said, Man, what if we wereon the same team? He said, That would be crazy, but no way thats going tohappen.

But two or three years later, here we are.

Haynesworth was adamant that he leave his luggage in thepast, or at least, in Washington.

Hes now focused on getting his legs back underneath him,and eventually thriving under his current role on New Englands defensive line,which he somewhat jokingly said, is to just kill the quarterback.

The Patriots hope he can be a dominant force on thedefensive line, especially while working next to Wilfork.

Thats gonna be scary, said Haynesworth, when asked aboutlining up next to each other. Thats gonna be scary for other teams.

Good for Haynesworth to point out that his presence on NewEnglands defensive line will be scary for other teams and not their own.Because it sure sounds like Haynesworth has something to prove.

Its going to be awesome, he said. I enjoy being here.Its a refresher and I love it. Its kind of revived me, playing footballagain.

That was Belichicks plan all along.

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Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office. 

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.

"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."

Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition. 

"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.