FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Picked-up pieces from around the New England Patriots on Monday:
Ridley not happy with his start. Running back Stevan Ridley didn’t sugarcoat his answer when asked if he was pleased with his work in the first two games of the season. “Absolutely not,” he responded. “I don’t think anybody on this team is happy with where they want to be, starting with myself. I definitely didn’t get off to the start I wanted. I’ll man up and say that.” When asked what he’d like to do better, Ridley shot it straight. “Holding the ball, man,” he said, stating the obvious.
Practice players of the week. As has been the norm in recent years, the Patriots named their first practice players of the week, an honor given to those deemed to have best helped the team in the days leading up to a victory. Those players wear black jerseys during practice, which makes them stand out, and the initial practice players of the week are quarterback Ryan Mallett, practice squad-safety Kannoris Davis and practice-squad cornerback Justin Green.
Kelly, Arrington draw big crowds. In addition to Ridley, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly and cornerback Kyle Arrington were swarmed by reporters as they entered the locker room after practice. It also looked like rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) and veteran offensive lineman Will Svitek (right knee) were making progress in their recoveries.
Third down, red zone and Buccaneers prep. A big part of practice was dedicated to third down and the red zone. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came up big defensively in the red zone in their loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, with a solid goal-line stand at the end of the second half.
Mayo Bowl on the schedule. Linebacker Jerod Mayo (Instagram photo posted by Patriots) was hosting his fourth annual Mayo Bowl at Kings in nearby Dedham at 6 p.m. As usual, there was a red-carpet entrance, with many of Mayo’s teammates scheduled to attend, including Vince Wilfork (Vine video posted by Patriots).