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New Orleans Saints player quotes from preseason game at the Patriots

Video and quotes from Saints players post Patriots game press conferences

Kasim Edebali, Defensive End

(On being back in the area)

"It was great; I had a lot of friends in the stands. I had a little chip on my shoulder, just trying to make people proud."

(On setting the tone of the game)

"I think that was important, When we came out and we really had to set the tone, start the game off right. We were able to do that."

(On the sacks)

"On the first one I just tried to get a good jump, and the second one fortunately James Laurinaitis helped me out with that and I just cleaned it up."

(On the defense)

"I love the chemistry we got, we come out and we really care. Everyone runs to the ball and come at the ball hard, trying to get the blocks. It's really the little things that make a big difference."

Garrett Grayson, Quarterback

(On the interception)

"To be honest with you, they [the Patriots] kind of fooled me with the coverage. I thought it was man coverage and it turned out to be zone and I shouldn't have been working that side. I should have been working over to my left. So they fooled me and I tried to fit it in there and that is just something you can't do and when you do bad things happen."

(On how he did after the interception)

"I am happy with how I handled the adversity. I think I handled it well and I put some throws together and put some drives together, but again you just can't make those mistakes. I think I had an OK day, I don't think it was good or bad, by any means, just OK. There were a few plays that I left out there. I missed Josh Hill and didn't end up throwing it. I missed him on a seam route that could have had a big play there."

Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver

(On how he played in the game)

"I think I played decent and I know I left a couple of plays out there I wish I could have back, but I can definitely correct that on film tomorrow. I know my coaches are going to coach me hard and get those corrected, so I can add more value to this team."

(On his big plays in practice and in the game)

"I just won't let it go to my head and I need to build off of it. I have been always able to catch a football since forever and growing up in a football family I always knew how to catch the ball. Now I just need to worry about the details like running the routes and making plays."

Luke McCown, Quarterback

(On what they can take away from the game)

"You go back and look at the film and obviously a lot of little things to clean up, but we played with effort. Our tempo was good. You just have to clean up the little things. Some of those are to be expected the first game, but it's never what you want. You go back and look at the film and get better."

(On the turnovers)

"They can't happen, period. Two fumbles, one of mine, and two interceptions, one of mine. Regardless of what happens during the play, the last line of defense is me. The ball is in my hand so those things can't happen."

(On what happened on his interception)

"It was a fade and the corner did a good job jamming up the receiver. He zigged and I zagged. It was a communication issue where we just have to get better."



Erik Harris, Defensive Back

(On how the defense performed)

"I felt pretty good out there, need some minor adjustments out there. I feel we performed well."

(On what to learn from this game)

"Just getting my feet wet, getting adjusted to the flow of the game. I know how to perform and how to finish now."

Daniel Lasco, Running Back

(On what he learned from the game)

"It's a lot of learning. The speed is very different and I am still trying to get adjusted to it. I'm just going to take it one day at a time and watch the film and come back next Saturday and put something better on film."

(On his special teams play)

"I need to still get better. There were a couple plays I should have made. Once again, I'm just taking it one day at a time and going to watch the film and see where I can get better."

(On praise from Deuce McAllister about his performance)

"I was able to sit and talk to him last week and pick his brain and see how he used to do different things and what made him so successful. That's something that puts a huge smile on my face, being able to impress someone of his caliber. That's great. It's a real honor."

Senio Kelemete, Guard

(On the game)

"When I came out I saw the number twos [second unit] in there and they were doing a good job. We just have to come in and eliminate the simple mistakes, like the holding penalties, like the coach [Sean Payton] said. I don't how many penalties we had. I think it was nine on offense and that just kills us by stopping drives and obviously we need to eliminate those. I felt we played with great effort up front by moving guys off the ball, like some of their bigger guys up front and that is very encouraging. We are trying to emphasize running this year and we didn't do a great job of that tonight."

Thomas Morstead - Punter

(On what he works on in preseason)

"Well, it is one of the only time I would punt for five hours straight or I stay loose for five hours straight so I would have to say conditioning. You want to be able to hit your best punt in the fourth quarter so that is important. I came off a major injury last year so it was nice to let the ball fly a little bit. I didn't have a great game but I put a couple high balls up there so that was nice. Everything is situational so you don't know what you are going to get.  There are things you work on in the off season that you want to specifically improve.  For me personally, coming off of a significant injury last year, just getting through a game and being healthy is a confidence booster. I feel great, so that's exciting. I feel I am athletically where I need to be so I am excited about that."

(On his time spent with Stephen Gostkowski)

"They've got a good set of pros here. Stephen Gostkowski is the best kicker in football to me. Any time I have a chance to pick his brain I will. I'd like to think we have a mutual respect for what each other does.  He kicks and I punt but I really enjoy chatting with him as well as Ryan Allen. The great ones do things a little different so it is fun to pick guys brains. I just think he has been the top guy in the league for the last five or so years and I respect the success that he has had. I really enjoy the banter with him and to chat with him a little bit. I think we all root for each other to do well around the league but obviously when we play against each other we are competing."

Bobby Richardson – Defensive End

(On the weather)

"New Orleans is very hot and humid but I would say it was about the same here ."

(On playing New England)

"It was great to see where we are at coming up here against another team. The Patriots are a good team to see where we are and I think we did a great job today. I give the Patriots credit, they played hard and got some turnovers.  You can never be content in this league. This is a great team with a great coaching staff. They do everything first class here and I am just glad to be here."

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