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Warren's impact on Pats' D?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Gerard Warren had only answered one question from a reporter when the booming voice of Vince Wilfork interrupted the proceedings from afar. Without hesitation, Warren turned and rushed towards the stands where the rest of the defensive linemen were signing autographs after a morning session Friday at Patriots training camp.

Warren, a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with gray whiskers on his beard, is no rookie, but he looks a bit the role when it comes to Wilfork. There's an immediate and unmistakable bond between the two players and Warren has attached himself to Wilfork's hip throughout the early stages of camp.

"Hey man, it's just a Florida thing, you know what I mean?" asked Warren, the Southern charm rushing through his bass-filled voice. "Just naturally, we gravitated towards each other. I have a lot of respect for him and he's got respect for me. So, of course, to be here, it's an opportunity to play with him."

A former first-round pick (3rd overall in the 2001 draft) of the Cleveland Browns, Warren signed with New England as unrestricted free agent this offseason after three seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

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