January 5, 2008

NEXT LEVEL:

Meriweather starting to deliver the goods (Michael Vega, January 5, 2008, Boston Globe)

Above all, Meriweather offered the Patriots a tantalizing mix of size, speed, talent, and athleticism.

"To be honest with you, I really didn't know what would be my strong suit," Meriweather said. "Just coming into the league you never know what a team may need or what a team may want you to do. I just came in with an open mind thinking that I would be a player for the New England Patriots."

Meriweather went through an adjustment period - as is the case with all rookies - but made his mark on special teams, where he has recorded 18 tackles this season, including seven in the last five games.

"I think he's come along," said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. "He's worked hard throughout the year. I think he's progressed. He's got himself in a position where he's getting some playing time here as of late, so I just think he has progressed this year and he's playing certainly a lot better right now than he played earlier in the year. We're pleased with him, the way he's working, and he's learning all the time and getting better."

Although he has benefited from the mentoring of Harrison and others in the secondary, Meriweather credits much of his progress to Belichick.

"I can't even begin to explain the ways; he did a lot for me," said Meriweather. "Me and Bill, we meet a lot, actually. We go over things - little extra things - that I needed, things to look for, keys to look for, all the little things I needed as a rookie. He helped me out with those things."

Belichick knew Meriweather had a lot to learn in his first year.

"There's a different level in the game between college and pro football, and then there's a new system to learn and new terminology, different offenses and different opponents, and that kind of thing," Belichick said. "Brandon's worked hard. He's certainly come a long way. He still has a long way to go, like every rookie, but he's made a lot of progress, he continues to work hard and be attentive and gain from all of the experiences that he has, both in the classroom and on the practice field and the game field, and all that he can continue to improve."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2008 12:00 AM
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