Ellis Hobbs, the boisterous, second-year defensive back from Iowa State, was in a slump of sorts, and had lost playing time to others in the Patriots secondary in recent weeks. Leading up to the Patriots victory over the Texans on Sunday, Hobbs had became a virtual no-show on the stat sheet. All that changed on Sunday when the 5-foot-9, 188-pound defender turned in a break out performance.
Hobbs made plays on both special teams and on defense Sunday against the Houston Texans. He returned a kick for a touchdown, snared an interception and managed three tackles. It was a break out game for the young defender whose season began on a high note but had soured rapidly.
How much Hobbs wants to be part of the team's playmakers is obvious when speaks about his big plays. It was just a week ago that Hobbs told the media that he was just an average player who wanted (and needed) to work on his game.
As far as I'm concerned, wherever I'm at, I'm just trying to make plays," said Hobbs of his lack of playing time against Miami last week. "It doesn't matter if it's special teams or whatever, it doesn't matter to me."
Recently acquired DB Ray Mickens saw playing time at Hobbs' usual position in passing downs against the Dolphins. "Am I disappointed in it?" said Hobbs of his reduced role. "Obviously. But you have to be a professional about it."
Although Mickens saw action in his place with the defense, Hobbs managed to get some attention in the return game, something he had worked on earlier in the season. Hobbs' kick return for a touchdown and his interception put him firmly back in the spotlight, a position he thoroughly enjoys.
Hobbs spoke about the win over the Texans, his success in the game, and some of the things that make the Patriots a perennial contender for the playoffs in spite of the injuries the team suffers.
Listen to the replay of Hobbs interview courtesy of Sirius NFL Radio. We would like to extend a special thanks to Scout.com insider Adam Caplan.
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Part 1: (playing time 7:19)
Part 2: (Playing time 6:47)
|New England Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs runs back a kickoff for 93 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Houston Texans in their football game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won, 40-7. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)|