QUINCY -- On Wednesday, new Patriots running back Fred Taylor was in town as part of a photo shoot for Reebok and the NFL's upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the American Football League. Taylor was photographed in the Reebok throwback jersey that the Patriots will be wearing twice during the 2009 season.
Prior to the photo shoot, Taylor shared some of his thoughts about making the transition from Jacksonville to New England after 11 seasons:
"I'm prepared," he said. "I was excited about the change, and it took a couple of days for it to kick in. After being in Jacksonville for all that time, it's a big deal. I was set up there, comfortable. Just to change, I didn't know what to expect. I still don't know exactly what to expect, but I'll figure it out. I've been around the block.
"After speaking with Wes Welker, and then speaking with Tom [Brady] -- we had played cat-and-mouse a couple of times on the phone before hooking up text messaging; he's excited, and I'm excited to be playing with a living legend, three [Super Bowl] rings. I just want to come and do my part, whatever it is, whatever my role is. They haven't guaranteed anything for me. I just want to be a part of making this work."