FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Picked-up pieces from player interviews Friday at Gillette Stadium:
Troy Brown 'created opportunities' for Welker. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will likely surpass Troy Brown's franchise receiving record, which he tied last week, on Sunday. Welker on Friday credited Brown for paving the way for his role in New England. "Troy was just such a great player here for a long time and he's done so many great things here, and it's really opened up things here for the position that I now play, that was his. And it's created so many opportunities for me," Welker said.
Jones stays grounded after big opener. Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones' career in New England got off to a rousing start in the opener last week, but he understands head coach Bill Belichick's message that things will "get harder before they get easier" for the rookies. "It gave me a little bit of swagger, I'll say," Jones said of his performance. "But I have a lot of work to do. A lot of work to do." Jones added: "Being humble is key, nobody likes a cocky player, at all. There's a big difference between being cocky and being confident. It's good to be humble but it's good to be confident at the same time."
What Kolb brings to Cardinals offense. With John Skelton not expected to play on Sunday, the Patriots are likely focusing their preparation on quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was acquired by Arizona from Philadelphia in a 2011 trade. Cornerback Devin McCourty offered a scouting report on Kolb: "That he can get the ball down the field. We know especially if Kolb is in there, he's a guy that is mobile, he can get it out side of the pocket, and a lot of times when he gets outside the pocket he does good things. We've got to try to contain him and make plays when we can. They've got some pretty good receivers that they can throw the ball to, we've just got to stay on our guys tight and make some plays."