Quick hits from locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room today:

1. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, running back Kevin Faulk and cornerback Antwaun Molden were players drawing larger media crowds. Also, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, who could see increased playing time if Shaun Ellis (rib) is sidelined Sunday, held court with a few reporters.

2. Receiver Julian Edelman was not present during the time reporters were in the room.

3. Haynesworth said he's still working to knock off rust at this stage of the season. "I haven't played, really, for two years. It's a step by step process," he said, adding that he's not discouraged with his role or contributions, but wants to make more impact plays.

4. This was a day in which there were more reporters present than players. It gave it a playoff-type feel, with reporters standing in the middle of the room, waiting for players to show up.