FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick hits from Bill Belichick's news conference before tonight's practice:
Veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter and picking up the system. "I think Bobby picks things up well. He's a smart guy. I'm sure most of the things we've asked him to do he's done before, but maybe it was called differently, or the terminology was different. But in terms of the techniques and being able to apply what he's learned or done somewhere else to what we're asking him to do, I'm sure they're fairly closely related. And he adjusts easily. I don't think that's going to be a problem with him."
On Julian Edelman's training camp to date. "Again, we're still pretty early into camp. But Julian is in good condition. I thought he had a productive spring. He's got good versatility for us, both in the return game, offensively and on some of the other special teams units as well. He does a number of different things. He's a tough, competitive, dependable guy that has some versatility. We'll see how it all plays out this year, but those are certainly some of his strengths."
On drawing so many fans for practices when it used to be hard for this franchise to get that many at some games. "It's like that in a number of places in the league too. The sport has exploded. Pro football has exploded. Yeah, the transformation here from 1960, when the club was established, old Schaeffer Stadium. I probably feel it more on game day, to tell you the truth."
On having former Giants LB Carl Banks at practice the last two days. "Carl has a long relationship with myself and Pepper [Johnson]. There are some [players] he's talked to or whatever, but it's a two-day visit, so ..."