“Gerard has worked really hard. I think he’s shown a lot of improvement,” Belichick responded. “He was a good player to begin with, but the thing with Gerard is that he’s never really played in a system like this, in Cleveland, Denver and Oakland. Technique-wise and from a system standpoint, he was asked to do things differently than the way we do them.
“Gerard and I have talked about it, and he’s been very willing to adapt his style of play to what is required in our defensive system. He’s done a good job of that. I think he played well last night. He did a lot of good things in the game. He played with good effort, making a nice play on a screen pass downfield. We know he’s a strong, physical player on the line of scrimmage and he’s shown a good ability to rush the passer, had a couple of quarterback hurries, and also showed up with one pursuit.
“I think he’s made the transition pretty well. I think he will have a good ability to contribute for us this year based on what I’ve seen so far.”