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Mon, 09/06/2010 - 10:49am  

Meriweather on D&H: 'Let my pads talk'

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday to talk about Sunday's season-opener against the Bengals. Meriweather said he's looking forward to going up against the duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. "Any time you get a chance to play against two of the elite receivers ever to play the game, you get excited," he said.


Meriweather said he did not plan to join the inevitable war of words with the loud-mouthed receivers. "I'll say hello to Chad," Meriweather said with a laugh. "I'm going to let my play talk. I'm not going to be one of those guys who goes out and says everything in the newspaper and to ESPN and all the different radio stations. I'm going to be one of those guys who, when I strap up my pads, I'm going to let my pads talk. I'm not going to do too much yapping."


Pressed to comment on Ochocinco's reality TV dating show, Meriweather said, "I tell you what, If he comes out there [talking trash] and the game is getting real good, I'll mention it for you."


Told that Ochocinco said he would grab one of the muskets from the Patriots' minuteman mascots and fire it if he scores a touchdown, Meriweather didn't seem offended, saying only: "Hey, that'd be funny."


Meriweather downplayed the Patriots' defensive struggles in preseason action. "It was the preseason," he said. "Everybody's doing something different, trying something new. You're trying to put people in different places. … I wouldn't be too worried about that. That was preseason."


Looking at the youth in the defensive secondary, Meriweather said he isn't concerned. "There's a lot of [teams] that had a very young secondary that did big things last year," he said. "We look at it as the more you know in your playbook, the better you'll play. It's not necessarily your age that makes you good, it's how much of the defense you know and how much of it you can pretty much do on the field."


The fourth-year safety said there will be some changes in the defense this season. "Bill [Belichick] and the rest of the coaches came in and told us we're going to switch some things up, do some things different. They were going to let us play a little bit more," Meriweather said. "Right out of the gate they gave us some more responsibilities, and I feel like we're old enough now where we can do that."


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