FOXBOROUGH -- Albert Haynesworth said he is ready for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins, primarily because he is looking forward to getting back on the field.
"Oh yeah," Haynesworth said. "At least last year, I didn't think I was going to play because I was playing a lot of scout team. Now I'm in the system and I'm playing and practicing and stuff and I think it's time for me -- I guess, the sleeping giant -- to awake and go back out there on the field and play football again."
Haynesworth said "just to be able to have the chance again to play and show what I can do is awesome."
A few more comments from him:
What's life like as a sleeping giant?: "I read what you guys wrote -- I mean nothing personal --that I didn't do much in D.C. and the scheme didn't fit me and stuff, so now I can go out there and play and I can get back to what I used to do."
On dominating: "When, I play that's what I want to do."
Does this scheme fit him better: "Yeah, I like the plays to it. It makes a huge difference when you feel good about coming into the door. ..."
"If you go to work hating your job, you're not going to perform at your best, but if you coming to work and you enjoy being around the people that you work with, you'll give it your all."
Monday night an opportunity to reintroduce himself: "No, I think anytime you step on the field. You're only guaranteed 16 chances to be on the field. ... Anytime I step on the field, I'm trying to prove myself."
What like about the scheme: "I like everything. We're just getting after it. Coach Belichick is a great coach and he uses what he has."
Physically, mentally where he wants to be?: "Yeah. I am. I'm feeling good. I talk to my coaches and they said since the day I got here, I've been improving and getting better and better. I still have work to do to get to where I want to be, but it's coming along great."