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Stallworth remembers 2007 fondly

Posted by Albert Breer  August 29, 2010 08:32 AM

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Before I let him go, I was interested to ask Stallworth about learning the offense -- since the Patriots are breaking in a handful of young receivers. Stallworth said it's not rocket science, so long as you do the work.

"It's a lot of learning," Stallworth said. "I think you put in more time with that offense. If you don't put in that time, you won't have an easy time with it. But if you put in the time, like with any offense, you'll have an easier time grasping it. I felt like once I settled down, and knew what position I'd be at, what my role was, it was easier to grasp it.

"If you try and attack the who thing, it's a lot harder to grasp. But if you know your role, and your position inside-out, you'll be fine."

I will say this: Stallworth has always struck me as a good guy, deep down, going back to when covering him early in 2007. And he certainly understands the ramifications of what he did, which is why he pursued a plea bargain rather than fight the charges.

So I'll be interested to see him move forward with his life. But looking back, he seemed to appreciate very much the support the guys in New England gave him, and how strong a bond he was able to build in a place he only spent a year.

"When I felt like the world was coming to an end, knowing they had my back, that helped a lot," he said.
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