FOXBOROUGH — The most interesting topic after the Patriots’ morning session today involved a player who isn’t “officially” a member of the team — yet.
It was a fact that members of the Patriots wanted the media to remember as they were asked about their reaction to the deal.
When one reporter tried to get linebacker Jerod Mayo’s take, he jumped in, “I know where you’re going with that question,” Mayo said. “… He’s not here right now. When he gets here, I’ll let you guys know.”
Haynesworth may not be a Patriot just yet, but he has a talent that is respected by his future teammates.
“That’s a huge acquisition whenever that deal happens,” Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren said. “I didn’t get to see him on film last year because I wasn’t in the film room watching opposing offenses but I remember seeing him a couple of years ago and that’s a freakish talent.”
Said Vince Wilfork: ” I mean, I think he’s a great player, hell of a player. I had a chance to play in the Pro Bowl with him, so I think he’s a great athlete.”
If a player has a bad reputation with another team, that doesn’t mean that will continue with the Patriots, Wilfork said.
“… This ship is going to move regardless if guys are getting on it or not,” Wilfork said. “… I don’t think the organization would put us in a bad situation dealing with that. We normally have pretty good, decent guys that come around even if they had bad raps or whatever it may be somewhere else but it always worked out for us.
“One thing that won’t change is if they’re with us, they’re with us. If not, guess what, the ball is still rolling and this train is going to keep moving. … It’s going to be tough for a lot of guys because Bill is going to ask a lot out of us and we’re going to have to be ready to give. It’s going to be tough at times, but we’re in it for the long haul and we signed up for this.”
Warren said he doesn’t put too much into reports about a player before he gets to know him.
“I think sometimes things like that can be misconstrued,” Warren said. “Every case is different. Obviously, from the outside looking in you can see that Albert wasn’t really happy in his situation. Really at the same time all you see is what goes on from the outside and sometimes that’s only half of the truth. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem with the structure of this locker room and the guys in this locker room if he’s acquired.”