Quick hits from the locker room

Mike Rodak/ESPN Boston

Kyle Arrington chats with reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room on Thursday:

1. Players drawing large media crowds included wide receiver Taylor Price, cornerback Kyle Arrington, and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Cornerback Devin McCourty, a defensive captain, held a press conference in the media workroom.

2. Price talked about gaining the trust of quarterback Tom Brady and noted it simply starts with being a reliable target. "It's a big part of it," said Price. "He runs the show, so get on the same page with him and you're good to go after that." Hard not to notice a pair of white cleats in Price's locker -- on the left shoe the word "Price," on the other, the word "Right." Yes, Price is Right. On Sunday, he's clearly hoping to hear Bill O'Brien scream, "Come on down!"

3. Injured reserve players are still around. Veteran center Dan Koppen walked through in a boot and made a quick stop at his locker, while rookie corner Ras-I Dowling made another brief appearance in the room. As for injured players, defensive lineman Shaun Ellis (ribs) politely declined to talk to reporters at his locker.

4. Players were prepping for practice in full pads. They were in for a nice surprise to find warm temperatures outside. That didn't stop safety Ross Ventrone from walking through the room with a winter cap (big pom-pom atop) with his nickname, "BENSON" inscribed on the back.

5. Reserve offensive lineman Donald Thomas is still waiting for his wife to give birth. She was due last month, but still hasn't gone into labor (she's scheduled to be induced Friday). An odd tradition has started with a player or staff member -- his identity unknown by Thomas, but known by his locker neighbors who wouldn't divulge -- placing a small rubber duck on the top of his locker stall each day that's passed since his wife's due date. The ducks, all different colors and themes, now stretch across the entire shelf.