(All this week we'll be featuring video from today's OTA (organized team activity) at Gillette Stadium. Up first: RB Fred Taylor).
How much tread is left on Fred Taylor's tires?
"I can't put a number on it," said Taylor, the 12th-year running back who signed a two-year, $5 million deal to join the Patriots in February after 11 seasons and 11,271 yards in Jacksonville.
"But I've always said I'll run until the wheels fall off. Drive this car, get rotations, you're going to keep pushing, because if those tires come off you're in trouble. I'm going to keep going forward."
Taylor is one of the few veteran players participating at the Patriots' first OTA (organized team activity) this week at Gillette Stadium. Wednesday's practice concluded the first of five voluntary sessions over a four-week span.
Wearing the No. 21 jersey, Taylor deemed himself in perfect health (saying a recent report about a wrist injury sustained while working out had never been an issue and had simply been blown out of proportion) and said the key for him was simply learning the playbook and getting acclimated to his new surroundings.
"I want to learn the playbook so I don't have to hesitate," said Taylor. "I don't want to feel like a rookie out there. So I listen, I've always been coachable. Whatever I gotta do, I gotta do it. But it starts with learning the playbook."
Taylor also mentioned how, each day when he worked out in South Florida, he wore a new piece of Patriots gear and others began teasing him about how it seemed he'd been a part of the team for a long time.
For more from Taylor, check out the video at the top of this entry.