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Jarvis Green, whose 7.5 sacks are tied for second on the team, has given the Patriots much-needed depth on the defensive line. Jarvis Green, whose 7.5 sacks are tied for second on the team, has given the Patriots much-needed depth on the defensive line. (MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF)

FOXBOROUGH -- Jarvis Green needs to go into a game hot. None of this cooling down on the sideline stuff, none of this standing around. He does anything to get good and sweaty, even before he hits the field. It might look crazy, but that's what the Patriots' supersub needs to do to make the most of the action he sees on the defensive line.

"Jump around," Green said, noting that movement is especially helpful during the normally cold New England winters for someone raised and educated (LSU) in Louisiana. "Jump around the sideline. I can't keep still already, so just moving around, stretching. Then when it's time for me to go in, I'm ready."

Ready he is. Despite being the odd man out in coach Bill Belichick's 3-4 defense, Green has been as productive as many of the starters, at least statistically. Tied with fellow defensive end Ty Warren for second on the team with 7.5 sacks, one behind Rosevelt Colvin, Green has proven a team cannot have too much of a good thing, especially on the defensive line, one of the most demanding positions.

"Having a lot of players to [rotate in] and players that you have confidence in that are quality players, that's a big part of it. That's a big part of the game," Belichick said. "Football is a physical game and a lot of it is won and lost on the line of scrimmage. You want as many good players in those positions as you can have."

Though he believes he has the ability to start in the Patriots' (or any other team's) system, Green, who turns 28 Friday, remains comfortable with his role. He says this has been the best season of his five-year career, with 3.5 more sacks than his previous high, in 2004. He also emphasizes none of that matters now. He has more to prove, more to do.

And this is his time of year. Green has garnered a well-deserved reputation for coming up big in the biggest games. He had a 2.5-sack, six-tackle performance in the 2004 AFC Championship game against the Colts. And his strip sack of Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard sealed the penultimate game of the regular season.

"He's been doing it all year," said nose tackle Vince Wilfork. "That guy, he's a veteran, he knows exactly what to do when it's time to do it. He's not a starter or nothing like that, but when his number's called, he's ready. He always performs for us, too. He has a nose for the ball. He's a playmaker."

With three standout players ahead of him -- Richard Seymour, Warren, and Wilfork -- it's easy to forget about Green. Until, that is, he reaches the opposing quarterback. Then it's obvious just how skilled he is. As Warren said following last week's game against the Titans, overlook Green and you'll pay for it.

"People are going to say what they want to say," Green said. "I'm a humble guy, I've always been a humble guy. Very meek. You're going to have a high, you're going to have a middle, you're going to have a low. You have to find your place sometimes and sometimes you might not get the opportunities. But the opportunities you do get, you've got to make the best out of them.

"A lot of people I guess in this world, they want to give you doubt. They say, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' I'm a guy that wants to prove everybody wrong. If I see anything in the paper about I can't make it, can't make it work in the playoffs, I'm going to make sure that they're wrong."

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