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Patriots Players’ Quote Room: “Never Going to Get Used to Losing”



New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson at the press conference in Frankfurt, Germany

The New England Patriots “Quote Room” after Sunday’s loss to the Washington Commanders included comments from Bill Belichick and several team captains. To sum it up: “just a disappointing result.”

Since then the Patriots coaches and players have chimed in on the loss itself, looking ahead to this weekend’s game against the Indianapolis Colts in Germany, the issues with J.C. Jackson, and other topics. They’ve also arrived in Frankfurt. A review of what has been said in the latest edition of the New England Patriots Quote Room…

New England Patriots Offensive Players

Mac Jones

“You got to realize you’re playing a game you love and go out there and compete.”

“Once you start stacking days together, good things will happen.”

“It’s a results-based business.”

“I don’t do those (personnel) decisions.”

“We’re all in this together and that’s how we approach it.”

(on J.C. Jackson not playing) “I’ll let him speak on that. But I have a lot of respect for J.C. and what he does.”

(on the Patriots offensive line) “They’ve gone a great job in recent weeks and they’re improving every week.”

“We got to be where our feet are. Try not to focus on anything other than playing the game we’ve been playing since we were little.”

“I like throwing the ball deep. I did it in college a lot and had a lot of success.”

Ezekiel Elliott

“I have family in Finland. And they travelled and they’re going to be able to see me live. So that’ll be cool.”

“I think this will be a good opportunity for us to spend a little more time than we usually do get to spend together.”

“Hopefully the guys will be able to get together at night and go have some beers and get dinner and get some camaraderie.”

(on follow up to drinking beers) “I was kind of joking (laughs).”

“Having that camaraderie is important in anything you’re doing.”

“Boston’s a great city, great sports city. Fans are awesome. They’re super passionate.”

Rhamondre Stevenson

“Unfortunately, it’s the same as it’s been the past few weeks. We’re not executing how we want to.”

“It takes all 11 guys on offense, defense and special teams just working together.”

(on his 64-yard TD run) “Felt good, felt very good. It was a huge hole. O-line did their part and then Jalen Reagor at the end finished his block on the cornerback. Kind of made it easy for me to just run and get to the end zone.”

“I’m never going to get used to losing.”

“It’s going to be fun to play in front of the German fans.”

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for the German fans and the team as well.”

Demario Douglas

“I really need to harp on my punt returning.”

“I’m excited. I’ve never been outside of the country.”

(on what he’s most excited about in Germany) “Playing the Colts.”

“Coach Troy (Brown) is helping me build my confidence back there (returning punts).”

“However I can get the ball. If it means I have to go through that middle, I will.”

“I’m trying to play for a long time. I’m not trying to run into the wrong person. If I see there’s a bunch of people around me, it’s time to get down.”

(on how he’s feeling about playing more) “Blessed.”

“I don’t really pay attention to it (playing time) because I’m just so into the game.”

“My whole life I’ve been training for this.”

Hunter Henry

“Turnovers are one thing that obviously halt any offense, no matter how good of an offense.”

“Just staying on the field, sustaining drives, we just haven’t been good in those areas.”

“Football is fun.”

“I think the fans will be ready to go (in Germany).”

“I enjoy the process, the grind, trying to be as consistent as I can. Trying to better myself as a football player, which I feel like in the past three years I’ve become a lot better football player in a lot of ways.”

“I’ve had two kids here, so this place (New England) will always hold a special place in my heart.”

“Consistency is key.”

“Locker room is great. I don’t get any bad vibes or anything.”

“I enjoy the process of the game plan and all the other things that go into it.”

“I’ve enjoyed every second with O.B. (offense coordinator Bill O’Brien.”

David Andrews

“Everyone when you’re in this situation is looking at what they can do better at all levels of the organization. And I think you try to do that if you’re 7-2.”

“As the year goes on you want to be playing your best football.”

(on Matthew Slater) “He’s kind of an honorary offensive lineman, it’s in his blood.”

(on J.C. Jackson not taking the trip to Germany) “I don’t make those decisions or really know much about it. But I think the biggest thing is just being committed to the team. I think that’s always something I’ve tried to preach and live by, the team comes first.”

New England Patriots Defensive Players

Deatrich Wise

“Remember that you are there for business.”

(on Christian Barmore) “He’s getting better every year. He’s definitely improving every time he steps on the field.”

“He (Barmore) continues to work hard off the field, which is really good, and you can see how it helps out on the field.”

(on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiling more in Germany) “I haven’t seen that much.”

“We have great teammates and great leaders on our team that keeps our minds on football.”

“Going into this game, we have another great opportunity to showcase what we can do.”

Kyle Dugger

“Just really focus on fundamentals.”

“Wrapping up, that’s the name of the game.”

(on the Colts) “Their two backs are playing at a really high level and have the ability to hurt us.”

Jabrill Peppers

“There’s only one goal and that’s to win a football game.”

(on the flight to Germany) “Slept the whole way. Had a pretty good game plan and executed it well too.”

“We got a touch matchup coming in. We’re ready for it and we can’t wait.”

(on Jack Jones coming back from benching) “He’s responded. We’re all grown men, he took it like a man. He knows what we expect from him, what the team expects from him.”

“My only goal is to come out here and do whatever I’ve got to do to get an edge in the game.”

“And the end of the day we have a job to do and that’s to come away with a win. Nothing’s more important than winning.”

“It’s not where we want to be, but we still have an opportunity to get out there and change the narrative.”

(on playing flag football in the Olympics) “I don’t know about the flag football thing. I’m a violent guy, I like hitting people. I don’t think I’d fare too well. They try to kick me out of games with equipment.”

New England Patriots Special Teams Players

Matthew Slater

(on playing the Colts) “It’s certainly personal for both sides, and I’m sure both teams are excited.”

“I never thought I’d be in Germany for any reason, never mind playing the game I’ve loved by entire life. So I’m very grateful to be here.”

“It’s important while we’re in certain moments to appreciate them. And I think this (playing in Germany) is one of those moments for me personally, so I think I’ll take the time to appreciate it.”

“If you’re going to be effective in special teams it takes a great deal of humility.”

“It’s amazing how much this team has grown.”

(on growth of the NFL) “Curly Lambeau, did he ever think they’d be coming over to Germany to play football?”

“I give a ton of credit and tip the hat to those generations before us for making it what it is.”

“The beautiful thing about playing in New England is we have fans that appreciate the kicking game, which I’ve always been thankful for. I think they appreciate it more than anyone else in the league.”

“I’m retired from receiver.”

(on if 2023 is going to be his last season) “We shall see.”

Joe Cardona

(on Veterans Day) “Getting an opportunity to recognize a veteran in your life is probably the most effective thing you can do, most impactful thing you can do.”

“Going over to Germany to play, it’s exciting obviously.”

“It’s a child’s game we play, and it’s a pretty cool opportunity to get to take that abroad.”