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Addai comfortable on other side of rivalry

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  May 24, 2012 03:45 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Had our first opportunity to talk to former Colts running back Joseph Addai today since he joined the Patriots and what jumped out is that he appeared very comfortable and comes with a team-first attitude.

Here is some of the Q&A with Addai:

What's it like playing for the Patriots now?

Actually, I’m excited to be a part of the team. It’s a great opportunity for me. I’ve seen them playing over the years, playing against them over the years, so I know I’ve come to a good organization. It’s been smooth and everybody is helping me get acclimated so I’m excited being a Patriot now. I think the future is going to look good.

Being the veteran of the group?

I feel good. Yeah, young guys like Stevan Ridley that went to LSU like I did so I have a chance to teach some of the guys and be a part of that and kind of see how the Patriots go about it. And last couple of the days we’ve been working together, really trying to get things rolling. It’s been a good start and I think it will end well.

On Ridley and Vereen

Real energized guys. Very motivated, eager to learn, want to do well. If you have guys like that, it’s easy to teach. You always want to come in there with the right mindset and help those guys.

On playing with Tom Brady

Tom’s been helping me out a lot, showing me things, teaching me, explaining things to me and understanding that it’s going to take a while for me to get it. But I am getting it and it’s a great experience to play with him.

How similar or different are the offenses?

To me, it’s all about playing ball. You’ve got a great chance to be part of this ballclub and do what they do here and I’m very excited about that.

Injuries the past couple of years?

Injuries are a big part of football and the only thing I can do is move forward. The medical staff over here has been great to me as far as getting my body right and getting ready for this upcoming season. I feel good at this time.

On his versatility

Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’m doing it. It’s always team-first for me. If he wants me to run, catch and block, whatever he wants me to do I want to be a part of it. It speaks highly on players who can do more than one thing. If he has me doing more than one thing I’m excited about that.

Other offers?

There are always other teams. For me, I think the Patriots were the best fit. I think the Patriots, as far as what they do, they do a lot on the offensive side of the ball and I see myself really fitting in and it was a smooth transition coming from Indy to here.

OK being a mentor?

It’s a team sport, so not matter what you want to help guys, if you’re young or old. So that’s never been a problem for me. At the end of the day it’s about team and winning. I’ve seen a lot. I can show some of the young guys what they may see, what’s going to come up in the near future. And I can also get some help from those guys because I’m a new guy also. I think it’s going to help both sides.

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