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Taylor Price on his big night

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Second-year receiver Taylor Price, who finished with five catches for 105 yards, drew a large media crowd after the game.

"It felt good to get out there, competing against someone other than your own teammates and have live action so you can show what you can do," he said. "I feel a lot different. I am putting the time in, the work in, and knowing the playbook so much more after a year. I am getting more comfortable with the quarterback. I just feel so much better."

Price, the 2010 third-round draft choice, played in just one game last season in what was essentially a red-shirt year for him.

With the Patriots having Chad Ochocinco, Deion Branch and Wes Welker ahead of him on the depth chart, Price knows he's fighting for a backup roster spot. He helped his cause, his performance highlighted by a dazzling catch in the back of the end zone.

"I was just thinking about putting the squeeze on the ball and getting the two feet down and just drag them and then just hold on to the ball," he explained. "After a year in the game, things are starting to slow down and knowing what you're supposed to do on every play and every situation, it's a big part of it."