Faulk: Intensity set to rise for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – This week’s organized team activities have been for rookies and players new to the Patriots’ system.

Next week’s work is expected to include the team’s more seasoned veterans.

“The intensity level is probably going to be high,” running back Kevin Faulk said when asked what could be expected. “Expectations of the guys that are coming in that weren’t here this week are going to be high. Coach is going to expect things to run a little more smoothly. It’s supposed to. We’re veteran guys and we know what we have to do. We know what’s at stake for us right now as a football team.”

Faulk is one of the few veterans on the team who was with the club when the Patriots practiced with the Giants in the preseason early last decade.

With the Patriots scheduled to practice with the Saints and Falcons this preseason, he was asked what he remembers from the work against the Giants.

“Very intense,” he recalled. “Some guys don’t like some guys and they get into it. But from my understanding, it’s something that always happened. Guys get into it because you’re hot, you’re tired, you’ve been practicing all day, and you’re practicing against someone that you really haven’t been practicing against.”

Faulk was speaking at the 2010 Community MVP Awards program at Gillette Stadium, where 21 winners were awarded a total of $72,500. Faulk has invested his time with "Journey Forward" -- a program which was presented $5,000 by the team.