Talib impresses new teammates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cornerback Aqib Talib has impressed two of his Patriots teammates in the defensive backfield with his immersion into the team’s system.

"Aqib is a great player. He's in the process of really trying to pick up the system and get out there and get a feel for what we're doing, and he's doing a great job of it,” safety Steve Gregory said Friday. “He's a great athlete, covers well, and it's fun to have him around."

Gregory added that it seems as if Talib, who officially joined the team Monday, “seems to be picking it up really fast.”

Those thoughts were echoed by cornerback Kyle Arrington, who was a practice squad player with the Buccaneers in 2008 when Talib was also a rookie.

“It’s like he’s been here all year,” Arrington relayed. “Can’t talk highly enough about his work ethic. He’s one of the first ones here and one of the last to leave. You talk about it all the time, I guess he’s definitely buying into the ‘Patriot Way.’”

Signs are pointing to Talib being activated and playing a role in the game-plan Sunday against the Colts.