LOCKER ROOM REPORT: Linebacker Tedy Bruschi spoke with reporters and was asked about being a co-winner of the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award (with Carolina receiver Steve Smith). Bruschi said: “I'm back to doing what I love." … Running back Corey Dillon, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebackers Rosevelt Colvin, Larry Izzo and Monty Beisel were other players drawing larger media crowds, with Dillon lashing out at the media with one answer. Dillon’s response might have partially been the result of frustration from being asked a similar question multiple times. … Cornerback Randall Gay, on injured reserve since Nov. 15 due to an ankle injury, walked through the locker room smiling and embraced a few teammates.
PRACTICE REPORT: Every player on the 53-man roster was present for the media access portion of practice today. … The team practiced inside the Dana Farber Fieldhouse today.
DEL RIO ON BRADY AND RESPECT: Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, in his Thursday press conference with Jacksonville reporters, was asked if he was surprised at Tom Brady’s comments about the Patriots being disrespected. “You know what, I actually understand what he's talking about because early in the year people were trying to write them off,” Del Rio said. “At one point I had to laugh. You're talking about a guy that's won three out of the last four Super Bowls having to answer questions about ... it's just the nature of the beast. It's kind of the way it is. There is so much scrutiny, so much interest, which I think is a good thing. I know we have a healthy respect for what they've done and we admire what they've been able to do. I think in many ways we paid them the ultimate compliment because there are a lot of things that they're doing that we have made a conscious effort to pattern ourselves after because I believe in some of the principles that they have used in the last five years to win championships."
BELICHICK BITS: Bill Belichick answered questions on Tedy Bruschi’s co-Comeback Player of the Year award; linebacker Monty Beisel; and Jaguars running back/fullback Greg Jones, among others, in his Friday press conference (10:30 a.m. ET). … Belichick called Bruschi’s comeback a “gradual” process, but looking back acknowledged he’s surprised at how far he’s come. … Belichick said Beisel’s play is reflective of the entire defense in recent weeks; it’s been improved. … He called Jones (6-1, 250) “one of the hardest runners we’ve seen” and noted that Jones (2nd round, 2004) has become a powerful blocker despite questions as to whether he wanted to be effective in that role coming out of Florida State.
There were no changes to the team’s injury report today. Looking ahead, there is no media access Friday. We’ll plan on posting our next update on Friday, around noon ET.