New Pats D-lineman confident in switch

Defensive lineman Damione Lewis obviously was confident he could make the transition from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4. Otherwise, he wouldn't have signed a contract to play for the New England Patriots after nine seasons as a defensive tackle.

But it's always good to hear what a new player has to say, and Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian caught up with Lewis to get his thoughts about learning the Patriots' defense and picking up the nuances of the defensive end role Jarvis Green played for eight years. Green signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

"At the end of the day, it's still football," Lewis said.

Lewis, 32, spent the past four years with the Carolina Panthers after five with the St. Louis Rams. He had been a reserve for most of his career before starting 31 games at right defensive tackle over the past two seasons

"I talked to some guys I played with over the years who have made the transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense," Lewis told Guregian. "I asked about the differences. They told me what they felt was the difference. They actually said it would be an easier transition going from a 4-3 to a 3-4 than vice versa.

"The game is so much faster in a 4-3 as a lineman than it is in a 3-4. They just said it's a matter of being patient, and I'd be fine."