Corey Dillon: Don't Count Him Out

Corey Dillon made his biggest stop of minicamp when he pulled over to talk to the throng of media after practice on Thursday. In a playful interview with those who cover the team, Dillon expressed his sentiments on the coverage the regular beat writers have given him; he feels disrespected.

The sight of rookie RB Laurence Maroney gliding across the Patriots' practice field during this week's minicamp has been tough to miss. Maroney brings fresh legs and speed to a Patriots' backfield that hasn't had it over Bill Belichick's tenure, and will certainly compete for the starting job.

But Dillon made it clear Thursday that he's not expecting to take a backseat to anyone.

I feel disrespected," he said, responding to what he perceives as a media slant toward Maroney. "(The media makes me) feel like I have accomplished zero. And that's terrible. For a guy of my status, I've been doing this for a long time and to be crossed up and hey, who cares. I sleep easy. I sleep real good at night. I know who I am. I know my status and what type of player I am and what I bring to a team and as long as I know that I'm fine with it.

The 31-year-old Dillon initiated the topic of his production with reporters, pulling out a folded copy of his career stats out of his practice shorts and inviting a scan of the numbers.

Dillon, who has 10,439 yards rushing over his career, had a career-low 3.4 yards-per-carry in 2006 and appeared to be playing hurt for much of the season. He said Thursday that he feels like he's in the best shape of his New England career.

Jonathan Comey is a special contributor to Patriots Insider. A long time Patriots beat reporter for local media outlets, Jonathan's articles can be found regularly here on Patriots Insider by searching for "Jonathan Comey" in the archives. You can read his blog on his wesbite www.jonathancomey.com.

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