FOXBORO — A media crowd of 50 reporters and cameras huddled around Reggie Wayne‘s locker Tuesday at Gillette Stadium before his first practice with the Patriots.

FOXBORO — It appears that Devin McCourty is simply going with the flow.

FOXBORO — It appears that Devin McCourty is simply going with the flow.

The veteran defensive back, who was switched from safety to cornerback for Saturday’s game against the Saints, expressed some frustration after the contest with what happened, saying, “It didn’t feel great and I don’t think it looked great.”

On Tuesday, McCourty was asked if the level of frustration he expressed after Saturday’s game has subsided.

“I’ve just got to play,” he said. “As a player, you just have to go play football. Obviously, a new week, you have to prepare and get ready to go for a new challenge this week. That’s all I can do.”

McCourty was asked if the new challenge of this week against the Panthers would involve the “old challenge” of playing safety. He laughed.

“We’ll see,” he said with a smile.

On Tuesday, McCourty was one of several players who sounded excited about the prospect of new teammate Reggie Wayne.

“He’s a great player,” said McCourty. “Any time you an add a veteran player who has made a ton of plays throughout his career, not just good for the offense, but [it’s good] for the overall locker room. Obviously we’ve heard great things about him and watch him play. I think everybody is excited to have him here.”

McCourty said that when it comes to the Patriots-Colts rivalry, there’s no worries about it being weird for Wayne in New England.

“I don’t think players really think about that,” he said. “It’s kind of weird — you go to different locker rooms, and almost all have the same type of guys there. Everyone comes in here ready to work and you start building a team and building that camaraderie going into the season.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — A media crowd of 50 reporters and cameras huddled around Reggie Wayne‘s locker Tuesday at Gillette Stadium before his first practice with the Patriots.

At 36 (37 in November), Wayne wants Patriots fans to know he feels he has enough left to make an impact with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. His message?

What left? “Like I have enough to play. If I didn’t think I had anything left, I wouldn’t be here. One thing I don’t do is worry about what people say. If I didn’t play at all, if I decided to retire, they still would have something to say. I can’t do nothing about that. Only thing I can do is let my work speak for itself. I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the table.”

Wayne said after 14 seasons in the NFL, he never considered retirement this summer.

“No, not at all. I’ve been training since May,” Wayne said. “I’ve always had that feeling I was going to play. It was just finding out what the best situation was for myself. I had some options but I feel like I made the right decision.”

As for a message to Colts fans who feel betrayed that he’s left for the hated Patriots?

“No time for that right now,” said Wayne, who could return to Indianapolis in Week 6. “I would believe I left on good terms. As far as Week 6, I don’t even see that right now. Right now, I’m worrying about today and getting better and trying to figure out this playbook and figure out my way around this maze. And when that time comes, it comes.

“I knew I was going to be behind the eight-ball. I was sitting at home in Miami and just constantly getting that itch. And the longer I waited, the harder it was going to be. I think it’s right on time. I have to go back to school and try to figure all this out.”

Wayne says there’s no comparison between the Colts playbook under Manning and Luck with the one he’s been given in Foxboro.

“Nope. No comparison,” he said. “That’s makes it even worse but I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m excited about the challenge. All the guys have welcomed me with open arms. It should be sweet.”

Wayne said this chance in Foxboro is not about proving anything to anyone.

“I just want to finish healthy, finish strong,” he added. “Last year, I played the whole year injured, from Week 1 to the end. I know what I can do. I know what I’m capable of and I’m just grateful for this opportunity, and that the New England Patriots organization has welcomed me in.”

Wayne, a candidate for Canton down the road, will focus on working with Tom Brady, after a career with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

“I’m excited. I really am,” Wayne said. “Again, one of the best to ever do it. Tom has definitely welcomed me here. It’s outstanding. Not everybody can say they’ve had this journey I’ve had. I’m excited about it and looking forward to it.

“I talked to [Brady] briefly because I’ve been so busy studying. I talked to him. He was excited to have me here. He’s looking forward to us partnering up. I told him, ‘I know I’m a little behind. I’m going to do my best to catch and during practice when you want to go to the side, I’m all for it.'”

He’s also good with giving up his No. 87 that he wore in his days with the Colts since a certain tight end by the name of Rob Gronkowski wears it for the Patriots.

“It’ll be all right,” Wayne said. “I would assume you make the number but it’s a new place, new journey, new path, new number. I don’t know yet. I think I’m going to figure that out once you guys leave. We’ll see. I’m not sure exactly yet. He can have it. He can have it. 87 is over with.”

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Mike Petraglia

Bill Belichick was very measured in his assessment of Reggie Wayne Tuesday when he spoke to reporters at Gillette Stadium.

Bill Belichick was very measured in his assessment of Reggie Wayne Tuesday when he spoke to reporters at Gillette Stadium.

That shouldn’€™t come as too big a surprise, as Belichick is typically more effusive in praising players who either used to play for him or don’€™t play for him than he is with guys on his roster.

With the team announcing the signing of the 37-year-old receiver Tuesday, Belichick wasn’€™t too elaborate when asked about the six-time Pro Bowl player’€™s career.

“Outstanding,” he said. “I think all of that’€™s on record.”

Asked how he envisioned Wayne fitting in with the Patriots, Belichick didn’€™t say much other than that he’€™s familiar with the player.

“I’€™ve coached him in Pro Bowls, those kind of situations,” Belichick said. “This is obviously different, we’€™ll see how it goes. Glad to have him, excited to have in on the team. I think he can help us, but we’€™ll see.”

Wayne has played his entire career with the Colts, who drafted him 30th overall back in 2001. Belichick expressed optimism that the player would be able to adapt to a new system in New England.

“I wouldn’€™t say he’€™s played in one system. He’€™s played for one team,” Belichick said. “I think in the last three years, you’€™ve seen him doing a lot of different things. He was primarily on the left in the previous offense with Tom Moore and all that. Since then, he’€™s done different things, but it doesn’€™t really matter.

“Just like any player, we’€™ll see how things come together when we ask a new player to do what we ask him to do and how he does it, how that develops and so forth. I don’€™t really know about any of that. We’€™ll see how it goes.”

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DJ Bean

CBS has announced its NFL broadcast pairings for the 2015 NFL season. They are as follows:

Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein
Tom McCarthy/Adam Archuleta
Brian Anderson/Chris Simms

Erdhal, who was with NESN before CBS, was a sideline reporter during March Madness and now will make the jump to the NFL. Not on this list is Jenny Dell, as she has shifted to college football on the CBS Sports Network joining the lead announce team with Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor.

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FOXBORO ‘€“- The Reggie Wayne era in Foxboro is officially underway.

“Do Your Job,” the profile of the 2014 Patriots produced by NFL Network, will air Sept. 9. On Tuesday, the network released four additional preview clips for the production. Here they are:

On the prospect of Bill Belichick retiring:

Ernie Adams on his role:

Belichick getting a game ball for his 200th career win:

The relationship between Belichick and Tom Brady:

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