As a player, Joe Andruzzi was a legendarily tough offensive lineman, someone who had to be dragged from the lineup. In his five seasons with the Patriots, he started 72 of a possible 80 regular-season games, including every game in each of New England’s three Super Bowl-winning seasons.



FOXBORO — It’s a rare event to see miscommunication between Tom Brady and Wes Welker.



So, what do you think?

Back in the summer, would you have taken a 5-2 record seven games into the season, as Tom Brady attempted to get his sea legs under him? Would you have felt good about wins over then-unbeaten Baltimore and Atlanta? Would you have lived with close losses in the Meadowlands and at Mile High?

Yeah, you would’ve.



KERRY BYRNE

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No mailbag last week — my apologies. The funky week got everything turned around, and we weren’t able to get to the e-mails. Some of them were able to hold up for an extra week, while others had to be tossed out. Won’t happen again, people: I’m locked and loaded for the rest of the regular season, which is almost (gasp) halfway over.



Even with almost half a season in the books, the 2009 Patriots are a tough team to get a handle on.



Wes Welker knows he’s a rare commodity in the National Football League.



Here are the two things I think we absolutely know for sure after watching the Patriots beat Iron Mike Sharpe and S.D. Jones over the last two weeks.



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO — To this point, 2009 has been a forgettable season for Adalius Thomas.



FOXBORO — From the moment he turned around and addressed reporters on Wednesday morning in front of his locker, Adalius Thomas looked like he wanted to get something off his chest.



MIKE PETRAGLIA

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FOXBORO — Opportunity may be knocking for Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn.