Originally written on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 1/5/12

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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.” (more…)
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