Patriots notes: Welker would like to hear more from fans, too

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Patriots notes: Welker would like to hear more from fans, too

By Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO Wes Welker wasn't quite as adamant as Tom Brady in expressing his disappointed with fans leaving early during Sunday's win over Cincinnati. Perhaps some of that has to do with the fact that Welker wasn't here to experience the true glory years at Gillette, and doesn't really have anything to compare it to. But either way, Welker did hint that he's like to see a little more from the New England faithful when the team returns home Sept. 26.

"I think I would like to see our crowd get into it a little more, and really become almost like that 12th man," he said. "But at the same time we're gonna go out there and give them something to cheer for."

Julian Edelman might only be in his second season with the Pats, but he's wasted no time becoming well-versed in the Patriot Way. Speaking with reporters in the middle of the locker room, Edelman was asked to expand his recovery from an injured ankle. The response?

"I don't even think I'm allowed to talk about injuries. I don't want to get in trouble."

There are only so many words to describe the ridiculous trash-talking nature of the New York Jets. Fred Taylor, for one, has run out of, or just isn't bothered enough to think of any, ways to explain their loud-mouthed mentality.

"Anytime you have an opportunity to compete, you want to do your best, he said. "It's a little bit added incentive when there's a team, that . . . you know what the Jets are. I just don't know how to describe it. You pay attention to it and you remain humble and just play on the field."

I caught one funny interaction between Randy Moss and Tom Brady as the two sat side-by-side at their lockers. Moss was explaining that, being from West Virginia, he didn't grow up really rooting for an NFL team of his own. He said that they used to get Redskins and Steelers games on TV, but that he never really developed an allegiance. "How weird would it be if I was in this league and was a fan of like . . . the Cleveland Browns?" he asked. Before looking over at Brady and jokingly saying: "Unlike this endearing expletive and his Niners . . . "

"That's right," Brady said. "San Fran!"

Rich Levine's column runs each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on CSNNE.com. Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrlevine33

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Mike Giardi and Phil Perry continue their Countdown to Camp as they discuss several story lines that we will hear a lot of.

Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."

Patriots celebrate 15-year anniversary of 2001 team with videos, Hall exhibit

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Patriots celebrate 15-year anniversary of 2001 team with videos, Hall exhibit

The Patriots have announced a series of initiatives to celebrate the 2001 Super Bowl championship team on the 15th aniversary of their title-winning season.

Throughout the course of the 2016 season, the Patriots will feature special content online and on Patriots All-Access that will lead up to Dec. 4, when Gillette Stadium will host a reunion of the 2001 team during halftime of the Patriots-Rams regular-season matchup. 

The Patriots have already featured images of moments from the 2001 campaign on tickets for their eight regular-season home games. They'll also have a special exhibit dedicated to the 2001 team at The Hall at Patriot Place beginning in the fall. In addition, issues of Patriots Football Weekly this year will include posters of shots from the 2001 season. 

"The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season."

The Patriots said that video vignettes focused on the 2001 season will launch this week on Twitter and Facebook as well as on Patriots.com.