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The Rap Sheet:
The Patriots marched out to a 13-3 record and an AFC Playoff No. 1 seed on the back of QB Tom Brady, NT Vince Wilfork and some other stars, sure. But there are more than their fair share of scrapheap pickups, too.
From guard Brian Waters, who was unsigned after camp, to former Raiders practice squader Sterling Moore to unwanted CB Nate Jones to out-of-work pass-rusher Mark Anderson… the Patriots locker room has been like a Mr.Fix-It. This was the subject of my extensive story in today’s Boston Herald.
Players searched for a reason as to why many succeed here when they fail at other places. Want a sample of the views?
Anderson: “It’s just like a standard. You just hold yourself to a certain standard, like you need to play your best at all times, man. You don’t want to be the weak link on a winning tradition-team like this. So you got to just make sure you go out there and play hard and bring your best game.”
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Brady was honored for what he has done in the past month on the field. He was named the AFC offensive player of the month. Cannon was honored for what he has done in the past year, on and off the field. The rookie tackle was named the recipient of the Pats' Ed Block Courage Award...
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Scrambling around a bit and racing to do some work. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these comments made by Patriots LB Jerod Mayo. You already heard DT Vince Wilfork come out strongly for his team’s character.
Now, it was Mayo’s turn. The captain, independently, brought it up when asked about last year’s playoff game.
“To be honest with you, this isn’t the same...