FOXBOROUGH -- Today’s passing camp marked the first official team activity for the Patriots since the passing of defensive lineman Marquise Hill.
Richard Seymour, one of the team’s captains, explained his emotions when he entered the team’s locker room for the first time.
“It was tough coming back in and walking past his locker, because I’m always used to seeing him there,” he said. “I think it kind of hit me a little more when I walked past his locker and they have flowers up by the locker. It’s always tough. I think guys were just kind of looking at each other and really not saying much, and not knowing what’s next. Hopefully, this weekend when we head down [for the wake and funeral] it will be a good healing process for this team.”
Seymour was one of three Patriots who spoke about Hill today. Defensive lineman Ty Warren and running back Kevin Faulk were the others.
“He was one of the funniest guys in the locker room; he was always cracking jokes and making people laugh,” Warren said. “It wasn’t just the defensive line; he’d go right up and down the lockers in the locker room -- from the offensive line to the punters -- and crack jokes with them. He always had a smile on his face, and was a fun guy to be around.”
"He was a fun-loving guy," Faulk said. "Anything you needed, he was the person you’d call.”