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Kevin Faulk sees a calmer Brady

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 18, 2010 11:55 AM

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ATLANTA -- If Tom Brady is more vocal and animated at training camp sessions, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk hasn't noticed much of a difference.

Faulk wrapped up a short conference call a few minutes ago and said that he hasn't noticed a more intense Brady.

"Not at all. Actually, I think he's calmed down a little bit," Faulk said. "To a certain extent, he's our leader and that's what he does."

If Brady is disappointed or frustrated by a play, "he's going to bring to our attention in any kind of way that he feels," Faulk said.

Yesterday, Brady said he is doing what he can to motivate his teammates at practices because it sets the tone for the day.

"If the quarterback won’t do it, then who will do it?. I think that’s how I always think about it," Brady said. "If it’s like, ‘hey guys, that’s all right. It was a [bad] play, but we’ll get the next one.’ That’s not the way it works.

"The first rep of a drill is always the most important because you never get it back. It always sets the tempo and the timing. You don’t go out and throw interceptions. You don’t walk around. You don’t jog through unless it’s a jog through period. We’re coming out here and competing. We came a long way for these practices. May as well come out and play our best."

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