Quick hits with Kevin Faulk

FOXBOROUGH – Four quick hits from Patriots running back Kevin Faulk’s meeting with reporters this morning:

Differences between Year 1 and Year 12. Faulk was asked if he’s stronger or faster than earlier in his career. His answer: Definitely not faster, but he is stronger. “I think the most important part is being smarter as a football player – on the field and off the field,” he said.

Disappointing finish fuels fresh outlook in offseason program. Touching on the attitude of players in the offseason program, Faulk said: “We didn’t have a real good year last year. It was up and down, inconsistent. I think one of the main focuses is being consistent, coming to work every day.” Faulk said times like this can be hard on younger players who might not fully realize the benefit of the offseason program, but they have to battle through it.

Revisiting the 1999 draft. Faulk said he still has a chip on his shoulder from being a second-round draft choice. He recalled a story of how his favorite team told him it was going to draft him – and had two first-round picks that year – but passed on him. That team? The Patriots.

Big fan of Tim Tebow. Faulk was asked his opinion of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who has seemingly generated more buzz than any prospect. “He’s a winner, that’s all I have to say. Who doesn’t want a winner on their team?” Faulk responded. Faulk was out of town when Tebow made his pre-draft visit to the Patriots. “I would have loved to [meet him],” Faulk said. “I’m a fan.”