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Steve Gregory of Patriots putting football smarts to good use

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FOXBOROUGH — It starts, like it always does, with the eyes. They scan the field, back and forth, searching for signs. Once spotted, those signs are sent to the brain, immediately decoded, and transferred to the mouth, which is ready to alert teammates what to look for or expect on the upcoming offensive play.

The eyes belong to Patriots safety Steve Gregory. So does the brain and the mouth, which speaks in a thick, quick, unmistakable New York accent. Combined, they offer solid proof that Gregory is one of the smartest players, at least when it comes to football knowledge, the Patriots have. Maybe the smartest.

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