Notebook: T.O, Seymour, Defense & More

News and Notes on the Patriots as they head into their Week One game against the Buffalo Bills.

"Getting Ready For Buffalo"

As of Tuesday, it was still unclear whether or not recently traded DE Richard Seymour had reported to Oakland, his new destination.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to discuss the topic, sticking to his policy of only commenting on players who are currently with the team.

"We don't have rights to Richard," he said, "so I can't make any comments about him or his situation."

Even defensive coordinator Dean Pees has been mum on the topic.

Asked for his reaction, he said, "My reaction is I'm just getting ready for Buffalo. It's a matter of whoever we have here, and (Wednesday) morning, when I meet with the defense ... that's who we have to get prepared for Buffalo."

QB or WR, That Is The Question

--The Patriots added another quarterback to the roster, signing former University of Washington star Isaiah Stanback to the practice squad.
Stanback was drafted in the fifth round in 2007 by Dallas and converted to a wide receiver/kicker before the Patriots grabbed him this week to fill a void on their roster.

"He's a player coming out of college who we felt could play the position," Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio said. "Our thought is to work him at quarterback and see how it progresses."

Moving On

To the surprise of many, the Patriots parted ways with veteran WR Greg Lewis and TE Alex Smith at the deadline -- especially since both players were acquired in exchange for draft picks.

"They were very competitive situations at those positions," Belichick said. "Alex and Greg will both be good players in this league. If they were on this team, they very easily could've played and contributed. We'd take them all if we could."

Which Bills Offense Will Show Up?

In addition to readjusting his defense to account for the absence of Seymour, Pees also is trying to figure out what to expect Monday night from the new-look Bills.

"I don't know what they were doing this preseason," Pees said. "Who knows what they showed, what they didn't show? I have no idea. All I know is I'm preparing for what I think is a very good, skilled offensive football team, and I know they can give us a ton of headaches."

The Bills added WR Terrell Owens during the offseason and also hired a new offensive coordinator, so drawing on past experiences against Buffalo might not work for the Patriots.

"How (will they) employ a player like Terrell Owens because he's only been on the field for a few snaps here in preseason?" Belichick said. "There is some guessing on things like that."

Doctor in the House

--Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers spoke to the Patriots earlier this week regarding how to prepare for whatever curves life may throw at you.

Belichick was thrilled with Rivers' presentation and the affect it had on the team.

"He was awesome and talked about a lot of things that he had dealt with and experienced through his career," Belichick said, "from not making the basketball team in the fifth grade -- or whatever it was -- to being an All-American in high school, to going to college (at Marquette), to being a point guard in the NBA, to having some injuries he had to deal with, losing championship games as a player to winning them as a coach."

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- The number of wins the Patriots need to reach 400 total. New England's all-time record is 398-367-9.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I got a call from (center) Dan Koppen (on Sunday). It's kind of like, 'Wow.' It was really unexpected. It was unexpected for all of us, because Richard's been out there every day, he's been starting the games, and that's not something we focus on. It was a tough decision like every coach has." -- QB Tom Brady on the trade that sent Richard Seymour to Oakland.

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