Cornerback Aqib Talib, who signed a one-year contract with the Patriots in the offseason after being acquired late last season in a trade with Tampa Bay, loves the competitive arena of the NFL, especially the receiver vs. defensive back chess match. He looks forward to competing against the best receivers, and since many view Talib as the Patriots’ most skilled cornerback, he regularly lines up against the opponent’s top wideout.
It’s a weekly battle he thrives on, occasionally even going out of his way to get it. During joint preseason practices with the Eagles and Buccaneers in August, Talib literally cut in line, jumping the defensive backs in front of him so he could get first crack at DeSean Jackson (Eagles) and Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.