FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren kept it short and sweet in a chat with reporters on Friday.
“I’m ready to come back and roll,” he said. “I’m glad to be back.”
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Warren, who was with the team in training camp but cut before the season opener, officially re-joined the club on Wednesday. He gives the Patriots more beef up front, replacing interior penetrator Landon Cohen.
“I was hoping there was a chance for me to come back. I’m very glad to be here,” the 11-year veteran said.
Warren played for the Raiders from 2007-2009 before turning in a solid 2010 season for the Patriots. He relayed that there was nothing special about the matchup to him.
“Next opponent,” he said. “I played out there, but hey, they’re on the schedule and this time they’re the opponent. No love lost.”
Warren acknowledged that it’s no secret the Raiders like to run the ball, and any successful defense would try to “contain that and take away their best elements.”
Although he’s only been back since Wednesday, he added that the Bills game was quickly put in the rear-view mirror.
“There is a 24-hour rule after the game, win or lose,” he said. “It’s been all Oakland this week. There’s no looking back.”