Faulk: Reduced offseason will hurt

While many players have lauded the reduction of offseason organized team activities in a new collective bargaining agreement, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk sees things differently. He feels those OTAs and work in the offseason strength program is crucial.

"I hear people saying that it's not important, but I think it's very important for a lot of reasons," Faulk tells Kevin Foote of the Opelousas (La.) Daily World. "First of all, you get a feel for the new players on your team. It's more than just going through the mini-camps and the OTAs. You're building a team.

"Even when you're just working out together in the offseason, you're building your team. You're building trust and faith in one another when you see your teammates working hard. It's very important."

In the piece, Faulk also touches on his return from a torn ACL, and shares his thoughts on how the quality of football might be affected this year because of the lockout.